Jim White completed the B.S. (1981) and M.S. (1983) degrees in botany and mycology, respectively, at Auburn University and the Ph.D. degree at The University of Texas at Austin (1987) and joined Auburn University at Montgomery as Assistant Professor where he continued his investigations on pathogenic and symptomless associations of fungal endophytes of plants. He joined Rutgers University in 1995, where he continued work on the biology of endophytes. Dr. White demonstrated the worldwide distribution of endophytes in the grass family. He and collaborators led the way to understanding the sexual cycle of Epichloë endophytes, demonstrating bipolar heterothallism and the role of symbiotic flies as vectors for spermatia of the fungus. Current research by Dr. White and colleagues involves studies on oxidative nitrogen scavenging. This is an oxidative mechanism whereby plants obtain nitrogen through oxidation of endosymbiotic diazotrophic microbes. He has published approximately 170 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters and edited or coedited 5 books.
Biography Updated on 6 February 2012