Donald E. Aylor
Department of Plant Pathology & Ecology
The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
123 Huntington Street
P.O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504-1106
Voice: (203) 974-8528 Fax: (203) 974-8502
Dr. Aylor has expertise in biometeorology, plant pathology, and mathematical modeling of plant disease epidemiology and aerial dispersal of plant pathogens.
B.S. State Univ. of New York Stony Brook (1964); Engineering Science
M.S. State Univ. of New York Stony Brook (1967); Mechanical Engineering
Ph.D. State Univ. of New York Stony Brook (1970); Mechanical Engineering
Assistant Scientist, 1969-1973
Associate Scientist, 1973-1974
Chief Scientist and Head of Department Ecology and Climatology, 1976-1984
Chief Scientist and Head of Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology, 1984-2007
Distinguished Scientist and Head of Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology, 2003-2007
Emeritus Scientist, 2007-present
His first research assignment upon joining the Station was to evaluate the role of plants in reducing noise outdoors. Other research studies have been on the mechanics and strength of plant cells and hydraulic transport of solutes in rivers.
Current research is centered on the aerial dispersal of spores and pollen in the atmosphere. The approach is to combine elements of meteorology and biology to derive aerobiological models for predicting probabilities of disease spread by plant-pathogenic fungus spores and for evaluating the transfer of genetic information in the environment by airborne pollen. Applications are to regional management of plant diseases and to deployment of genetically-modified crops.
Selected publications available from author, Donald.Aylor@ct.gov
- Aylor, Donald E. 2017. 'Aerial
Dispersal of Pollen and Spores.' APS Press, 418 pages. (ISBN:
- Aylor, D. E., Shields, E. J., Schmale,
D. G., Newcomb, M., and Nappo, C. J. 2011. Tracking the Potato Late
Blight pathogen in the atmosphere using unmanned aerial vehicles and Lagrangian
modeling. Agric. For. Meteorol. 151:251-260.
- Boehm, M. T., Aylor, D. E., and Shields,
E. J. 2008. Maize pollen dispersal under convective conditions.
Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 47:291-307.
- Aylor, D. E., Boehm, M. T., and Shields,
E. J. 2006. Quantifying aerial concentrations of maize pollen in
the atmospheric surface layer using remote-piloted airplanes and Lagrangian
stochastic modeling. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
- Aylor, D. E. 2005. Quantifying maize
pollen movement in a maize canopy. Agricultural and Forest
- Aylor, D. E., Baltazar, B. M. and
Schoper, J. B. 2005. Some physical properties of teosinte (Zea mays
subsp. parviglumis) pollen. Journal of Experimental Botany
- Boehm, M. T. and Aylor, D. E. 2005. Lagrangian
stochastic modeling of heavy particle transport in the convective boundary
layer. Atmospheric Environment 39:4841-4850.
- Aylor, D.E. 2004. Survival of maize (Zea
mays) pollen exposed in the atmosphere. Agricultural and Forest
- Aylor, D. E., Schultes, N. P. and
Shields, E. J. 2003. An aerobiological framework for assessing
cross-pollination in maize. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 119:111-129.
- Aylor, D. E. 2003. Rate of
dehydration of corn (Zea mays L.) pollen in the air. Journal of
Experimental Botany 54:2307-2312.
- Aylor, D. E. 2003. Spread of plant
disease on a continental scale: Role of aerial dispersal of pathogens.
- Aylor, D. E. 2002. Settling speed of
corn (Zea mays) pollen. Journal of Aerosol Science 33:1599-1605.
- LaMondia, J. A. and Aylor, D. E. 2001. Epidemiology
and management of a periodically introduced pathogen. Biological Invasions
- Aylor, D. E., Fry, W. E., Mayton, H. and
Andrade-Piedra, J. L. 2001. Quantifying the rate of release and escape of Phytophthora
infestans sporangia from a potato canopy. Phytopathology 91:1189-1196.
- Aylor, D.E. and Flesch, T.K. 2001. Estimating
spore release rates using a Lagrangian stochastic simulation model. Journal
of Applied Meterorology 40:1196-1208.
- Mizubuti, E. S. G., Aylor, D. E. and
Fry, W. E. 2000. Survival of Phytophthora infestans sporangia exposed
to solar radiation. Phytopathology 90:78-84.
- Waggoner, P. E. and Aylor, D. E. 2000. Epidemiology,
a science of patterns. Annual Review of Phytopathology 38:71-94.
- Aylor, D. E. 1999. Biophysical
scaling and the passive dispersal of fungus spores: Relationship to integrated
pest management strategies. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 97:275-292.
- Aylor, D. E. and Irwin, M. E. 1999. Aerial
dispersal of pests and pathogens: Implications for integrated pest management
strategies. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 97:233-234.
- De Jong, M. D., Aylor, D. E., and
Bourdot, G. W. 1999. Risk analysis for biocontrol of Cirsium arvense
using Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in New Zealand. BioControl
- Aylor, D.E. 1998. The aerobiology of
apple scab. Plant Disease 82:838-849.
- Aylor, D.E. and Sanogo, S. 1997. Germinability
of Venturia inaequalis conidia exposed to sunlight. Phytopathology
- Aylor, D. E. and Qiu, J. 1996. Micrometeorological
determination of release rate of Venturia inaequalis ascospores
from a ground-level source during rain. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology
- Aylor, D. E. 1996. Comparison of the
seasonal pattern of airborne Venturia inaequalis ascospores with
the release potential of V. inaequalis ascospores from a
source. Phytopathology 86:769-776.
- Aylor, D. E. and Ducharme, K. M. 1995. Wind
fluctuations near the ground during rain. Agricultural and Forest
- Aylor, D. E. 1995. Vertical variation
of aerial concentration of Venturia inaequalis ascospores in an
apple orchard. Phytopathology 85:175-181.
- Aylor, D. E. and R. K. Kiyomoto. 1993. Relationship
between Aerial Concentration of Venturia inaequalis Ascospores and
Development of Apple Scab. Agricultural & Forest Meteorology
- Aylor, D. E. and Sutton, T. B. 1992. Release of Venturia inaequalis ascospores during unsteady rain: relationship to spore transport and deposition. Phytopathology 82:532-540.