Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security; Professor of Entomology and Biology
Parasite manipulation of host behavior
Huck Graduate Students
- Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics
- Ecology Institute
- Insect Biodiversity Center
- Center for Brain, Behavior, and Cognition
Publication TagsFungi Formicidae Ant Fungus Ophiocordyceps Parasites Brain Crops Infection Brazil Learning Insecta Cassava Signs And Symptoms (Plants) Ants Mobile Telephones Image Segmentation Disease Detection Parasite Pathogens Ecology New Species Soil Evaluation Hypocreales
Most Recent Papers
An agent-based model shows zombie ants exhibit search behavior
Natalie Imirzian, David P. Hughes, 2021, Journal of Theoretical Biology
From Village to Globe
Annalyse Kehs, Peter McCloskey, John Chelal, Derek Morr, Stellah Amakove, Bismark Plimo, John Mayieka, Gladys Ntango, Kelvin Nyongesa, Lawrence Pamba, Melodine Jeptoo, James Mugo, Mercyline Tsuma, Wincate Mukami, Winnie Onyango, David Hughes, 2021, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems
Insect behavioral change and the potential contributions of neuroinflammation—a call for future research
Colleen A. Mangold, David P. Hughes, 2021, Genes
Accuracy of a Smartphone-Based Object Detection Model, PlantVillage Nuru, in Identifying the Foliar Symptoms of the Viral Diseases of Cassava–CMD and CBSD
Latifa M. Mrisho, Neema A. Mbilinyi, Mathias Ndalahwa, Amanda M. Ramcharan, Annalyse K. Kehs, Peter C. McCloskey, Harun Murithi, David P. Hughes, James P. Legg, 2020, Frontiers in Plant Science
Phase-field modeling of constrained interactive fungal networks
F. Ghanbari, F. Costanzo, D. P. Hughes, C. Peco, 2020, Journal of the Mechanics and Physics of Solids
A new zombie ant behavior unraveled
Natalie Imirzian, João P.M. Araújo, David P. Hughes, 2020, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
Evaluation of direct and indirect transmission of fungal spores in ants
Christoph Kurze, Nina Ellen Jenkins, David Peter Hughes, 2020, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
AntVis: A web-based visual analytics tool for exploring ant movement data
Tianxiao Hu, Hao Zheng, Chen Liang, Sirou Zhu, Natalie Imirzian, Yizhe Zhang, Chaoli Wang, David P. Hughes, Danny Z. Chen, 2020, Visual Informatics on p. 58-70
On Optimal Crowd-Sensing Task Management in Developing Countries
Andrea Coletta, Novella Bartolini, Gaia Maselli, David P. Hughes, 2020,
Zombie-ant fungi cross continents
J. P.M. Araújo, H. C. Evans, I. O. Fernandes, M. J. Ishler, D. P. Hughes, 2020, Mycologia on p. 1138-1170
Using deep learning for image-based plant disease detection
Sharada P. Mohanty, David P. Hughes, Marcel Salathé, 2016, Frontiers in Plant Science
A gene for an extended phenotype
Kelli Hoover, Michael Grove, Matthew Gardner, David P. Hughes, James McNeil, James Slavicek, 2011, Science
Deep learning for image-based cassava disease detection
Amanda Ramcharan, Kelsee Baranowski, Peter McCloskey, Babuali Ahmed, James Legg, David P. Hughes, 2017, Frontiers in Plant Science
Fungal Planet description sheets
Pedro W. Crous, Michael J. Wingfield, Treena I. Burgess, G. E.St J. Hardy, Colin Crane, Sarah Barrett, José F. Cano-Lira, Johannes J. Le Roux, Raja Thangavel, Josep Guarro, Alberto M. Stchigel, María P. Martín, Donis S. Alfredo, Paul A. Barber, Robert W. Barreto, Iuri G. Baseia, Julia Cano-Canals, Ratchadawan Cheewangkoon, Renato J. Ferreira, Josepa Gené, Christian Lechat, Gabriel Moreno, Francois Roets, Roger G. Shivas, Julieth O. Sousa, Yu Pei Tan, Nathan P. Wiederhold, Sandra E. Abell, Thiago Accioly, José Luis Albizu, Janaina L. Alves, Zaida Inês Antoniolli, Nick Aplin, João Araújo, Mahdi Arzanlou, Jadson D.P. Bezerra, Jean Philippe Bouchara, Juan Ramón Carlavilla, Aurelio Castillo, Vanina L. Castroagudín, Paulo C. Ceresini, Gordon F. Claridge, Gilberto Coelho, Victor R.M. Coimbra, L. A. Costa, Keith C. da Cunha, Silvana S. da Silva, Rosalie Daniel, Z. Wilhelm de Beer, Margarita Dueñas, Jacqueline Edwards, P. Enwistle, Patrícia O. Fiuza, Jacques Fournier, Dania García, Tatiana B. Gibertoni, Sandrine Giraud, Marcela Guevara-Suarez, Luís F.P. Gusmão, Sukanya Haituk, Michel Heykoop, Yuuri Hirooka, Tina Antje Hofmann, Jos Houbraken, David P. Hughes, Ivona Kautmanová, Olga Koppel, Ondřej Koukol, Ellen Larsson, K. P.Deepna Latha, Dong Hyeon Lee, Daniela O. Lisboa, Willyane S. Lisboa, Ángela López-Villalba, João L.N. Maciel, Patinjareveettil Manimohan, José Luis Manjón, Seonju Marincowitz, Thomas S. Marney, Martin Meijer, Andrew N. Miller, Ibai Olariaga, Laura M. Paiva, Meike Piepenbring, Juan Carlos Poveda-Molero, K. N.Anil Raj, Huzefa A. Raja, Amandine Rougeron, Isabel Salcedo, Rosita Samadi, Tiago A.B. Santos, Kelly Scarlett, Keith A. Seifert, Lucas Shuttleworth, Gladstone A. Silva, Meiriele Silva, João Paulo Zen Siqueira, Cristina M. Souza-Motta, Steven L. Stephenson, Deanna A. Sutton, Nisachon Tamakeaw, M. Teresa Telleria, Nicomedes Valenzuela-Lopez, Altus Viljoen, Cobus M. Visagie, Alfredo Vizzini, Felipe Wartchow, Brenda D. Wingfield, Eugene Yurchenko, Juan Carlos Zamora, Johannes Z. Groenewald, 2016, Persoonia: Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Fungi on p. 218-403
Behavioral mechanisms and morphological symptoms of zombie ants dying from fungal infection
David P. Hughes, Sandra B. Andersen, Nigel L. Hywel-Jones, Winanda Himaman, Johan Billen, Jacobus J. Boomsma, 2011, BMC Ecology
Phylogenetic-based nomenclatural proposals for Ophiocordycipitaceae (Hypocreales) with new combinations in Tolypocladium
C. Alisha Quandt, Ryan M. Kepler, Walter Gams, João P.M. Araújo, Sayaka Ban, Harry C. Evans, David Hughes, Richard Humber, Nigel Hywel-Jones, Zengzhi Li, J. Jennifer Luangsa-ard, Stephen A. Rehner, Tatiana Sanjuan, Hiroki Sato, Bhushan Shrestha, Gi Ho Sung, Yi Jian Yao, Rasoul Zare, Joseph W. Spatafora, 2014, IMA Fungus on p. 121-134
Deep adversarial networks for biomedical image segmentation utilizing unannotated images
Yizhe Zhang, Lin Yang, Jianxu Chen, Maridel Fredericksen, David P. Hughes, Danny Z. Chen, 2017, on p. 408-416
Hidden diversity behind the zombie-ant fungus ophiocordyceps unilateralis
Harry C. Evans, Simon L. Elliot, David P. Hughes, 2011, PLoS One
Diversity of Entomopathogenic Fungi. Which Groups Conquered the Insect Body?
J. P.M. Araújo, David Peter Hughes, 2016, on p. 1-39
Species-specific ant brain manipulation by a specialized fungal parasite
Charissa De Bekker, Lauren E. Quevillon, Philip B. Smith, Kimberly R. Fleming, Debashis Ghosh, Andrew David Patterson, David Peter Hughes, 2014, BMC Evolutionary Biology
News Articles Featuring David Hughes
Jun 29, 2021
David Hughes named Chair in Global Food Security
David Hughes, professor of entomology and biology in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and creator of PlantVillage, a knowledge platform that helps farmers combat pests and adapt to climate change, has been named the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Global Food Security in the University’s Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.
Jun 05, 2021
PlantVillage team lauded for projects to protect food supply amid COVID, locusts
Penn State researchers responsible for PlantVillage, a mobile app that helps farmers diagnose crop diseases and monitor pests, have been lauded for their work to help African farmers overcome challenges related to desert locusts and COVID-19.
Apr 08, 2021
As Locusts Swarmed East Africa, This Tech Helped Squash Them
A hastily formed crowdsourcing operation to contain the insects in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia could help manage climate-related disasters everywhere.
Dec 11, 2020
‘PlantVillage’ AI Helping African Farmers Adapt To Climate Change
There are nearly 500 million smallholder farmers around the world with less than 5 acres of land to sell their crops and make enough money to support their families. Increased stressors due to climate change, including poor soil and infectious diseases, make it even tougher for these farmers to make ends meet.
Aug 25, 2020
Grant to enable creation of AI tools to improve adolescents' diets and nutrition
With a $1.2 million grant from Fondation Botnar, an international team of researchers will assess the feasibility of creating and launching a global-scale artificial-intelligence (AI) app for mobile devices that diagnoses diet-related problems and offers nutritional advice to adolescent girls living in urban settings in Ghana and Vietnam.
Jun 23, 2020
The Last of Us 2: The Real Science that Inspired the Zombie Fungus
A fungus that slowly moves through the body with the goal of subjugating the brain sounds like something you might see in a video game. That’s because it is: Cordyceps Brain Infection (CBI) has overtaken the planet in The Last of Us (and The Last of Us Part 2). But the fungus that inspired the game really exists — and it’s just as gnarly in real life.
Feb 23, 2020
Extreme locust plague shown swarming Kenya in new video
A biologist at Penn State University, David Hughes, posted footage of locusts swarming over Kenya on Saturday. Hughes is working with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) to research the growing locust plagues in Kenya — which the U.N. says could be the worst in 70 years.
Feb 21, 2020
Penn State responds: App aids UN efforts to control Africa's locust infestation
A partnership with the UN enables Penn State researchers to rapidly respond to the locust crisis with an artificial intelligence tool that tracks the insects’ spread.
Nov 25, 2019
Grant will support expanded use of artificial intelligence for crop health
A research team developing artificial-intelligence-based solutions for diagnosing and managing threats to crop health has received a grant to expand the technology to assist more smallholder farmers around the world.
Nov 03, 2019
Evolution probably led fungi to turn ants into zombies
A team of evolutionary biology researchers reported an important new insight into the origin of zombies last week — in this case, ants zombified by a fungus.