Timothy Miles, Ph.D

Timothy Miles

Telephone: 517-355-3964

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Assistant Professor - Extension Specialist for diseases of blueberries, grapes, hops and other berry crops.

Center for Integrated Plant Systems Building
578 Wilson Road, Room 105
East Lansing, MI 48824


Click here to see a list of Timothy Miles' publications on Google Scholar.


B.S., Western Michigan University, Biology
Ph.D., Michigan State University, Plant Pathology,


General areas of Expertise:

Mycology, genomics, population genetics, pathogen detection, molecular diagnostics and host resistance.

Recent publications:

Belise, R. J., McKee, B, Hao, W., Miles, T.D., Adaskaveg, J., Manosalva, P. 2018. Phenotypic characterization of genetically distinct Phytophthora cinnamomi isolates from avocado. Phytopathology (in First look)

Crandall, S.G., Rahman, A., Quesada-Ocampo, L., Martin, F. Miles, T.D. 2018. Advances in diagnostics of downy mildews: lessons learned from other oomycetes and future challenges. Plant Dis. Feature Article 102:265-275.

Hao, W., Miles, T.,D. Martin, F.N., Browne, G.T., Forster, H., Adaskaveg, J. 2018. Temporal occurrence and niche preferences of Phytophthora species causing brown rot of citrus in the Central Valley of California. Phytopathology 108:384-391.

Miles, T.D., Glass, B.W., Sysak, R.W., Schilder, A.M.C. 2018. Post-plant strategies for management of black root rot-related decline of perennial strawberry fields. Crop Protection 104:78-85.

Rahman, A., Miles, T.D., Martin F.N., Quesada-Ocampo, L. 2017. Novel approaches for development of biosurvellance tools for the cucurbit downy mildew pathogen Pseudoperonospora cubensis. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology. 3: 282-296

Rojas, A., Miles, T.D., Coffey, M., Martin, F., Chilvers, M. 2017. Development and application of qPCR and RPA genus and species-specific detection of Phytophthora sojae and Phytophthora sansomeana root rot pathogens of soybean. Plant Disease 101:1171-1181.

Miles, T., Robideau, G., Martin, F., Bilodeau, G. and Coffey, M. 2017. Systematic development of Phytophthora species-specific mitochondrial diagnostic markers for economically important members of the genus. Plant Disease 101:1162-1170.

McArt S., Miles T., Rodriguez-Saona, C., Schilder, A., Adler, L., Grieshop, M. 2016. Floral scent mimicry and the transmission of a pollinator-vectored plant pathogen. PLOS One DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0165761.

Miles, T. Martin, F. and Coffey, M. 2015. Development of rapid isothermal amplification assays for detection of Phytophthora species in plant tissue. Phytopathology 105:265-278.

Miles, T., Miles, L., Fairchild, K., and Wharton, P.S. 2014. Screening and characterization of the resistance to succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors in Alternaria solani. Plant Pathology 63: 155-164.

Miles, T., and Schilder, A.M.C. 2013. Host defenses associated with fruit infections by Colletotrichum species with an emphasis on anthracnose of blueberries. Plant Health Progress. doi:10.1094/PHP-2013-1125-01-RV

Miles, T., Gillett, J., and Schilder, A.M.C. 2013. The effect of environmental factors on infection of blueberry fruit by Colletotrichum acutatum. Plant Pathology 62: 1238-1247.

Miles, T., Nair, M., Vandervoort, C., and Schilder, A.M.C. 2013. Characterization and biological activity of flavonoids from ripe fruit of an anthracnose resistant blueberry cultivar. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology 83:8-16.

Fairchild, K., Miles, T., and Wharton, P.S. 2013. Assessing fungicide resistance in populations of Alternaria solani in Idaho potato fields. Crop Protection. 49:31-9

Wood, E., Miles, T., and Wharton, P.S. 2013. The use of natural plant volatile compounds for the control of potato postharvest diseases, black dot, silver scurf, and soft rot. Biological Control. 64:152-159.

Miles, L., Miles, T., Kirk, W., and Schilder, A.M.C. 2012. Strobilurin (QoI) resistance in populations of Erysiphe necator on grapes in Michigan. Plant Disease 96:1621-1628

Miles, T., Hancock, J., Callow, P., and Schilder, A.M.C. 2012. Evaluation of screening methods and fruit composition in relation to anthracnose fruit rot resistance in blueberries. Plant Pathology 61:555-566

Miles, T., Day, B. and Schilder, A.M.C. 2011. Identification of differentially expressed genes in a resistant versus a susceptible blueberry cultivar after infection by Colletotrichum acutatum. Molecular Plant Pathology 12:463-477

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