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 Parasites Ant Ants Crops Ophiocordyceps Infection Fungus Brazil Learning Image Segmentation Cassava Insecta Mobile Telephones Disease Detection Signs And Symptoms (Plants) Behavior Control Leaves Pathogens Ecology New Species Leaf Like Crystal Soil Nest
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
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
A gene for an extended phenotype
Kelli Hoover, Michael Grove, Matthew Gardner, David P. Hughes, James McNeil, James Slavicek, 2011, 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
Gene expression during zombie ant biting behavior reflects the complexity underlying fungal parasitic behavioral manipulation
Charissa de Bekker, Robin A. Ohm, Raquel G. Loreto, Aswathy Sebastian, Istvan Albert, Martha Merrow, Andreas Brachmann, David P. Hughes, 2015, BMC Genomics
News Articles Featuring David Hughes
Sep 22, 2021
'Zombie Ant' sculpture brings interactive art to Penn State Behrend
Zombies! Ants! Parasitic fungus! The new augmented reality project at Penn State Behrend’s School of Science complex could serve as the set for a drive-in horror movie.
Aug 10, 2021
Global food security professor named to 'Most Creative People in Business' list
Entomologist David Hughes has been named to Fast Company's 2021 list for his innovative, impactful PlantVillage project.
Aug 10, 2021
How one scientist is saving crops around the world via AI-enabled apps
PlantVillage is now used in more than 60 countries around the world, and has been translated into 30 languages.
Aug 09, 2021
Can you help shape the future of plant disease detection?
Advances in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning result in a breakthrough for automated detection of wheat rusts.
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.