David Hughes

Huck Chair in Global Food Security; Professor of Entomology and Biology

David Hughes

Research Summary

Parasite manipulation of host behavior

Huck Graduate Students

Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

Fungi 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

Most-Cited Papers

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

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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.