John F. Murphy

John F. Murphy


Graduate Students
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223 Life Sciences Building
+1 334-844-1954

Areas of Interest:

Plant Virology. Studies focus on the nature of virus intra-plant movement and resistance to virus infection, development of management strategies for insect-borne viruses and plant virus ecology..


1988 Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Department of Plant Pathology)
1984 M.S., Clemson University (Department of Plant Pathology & Physiology)
1981 B.S., Springfield College, Springfield, MA (Department of Biology)


September 2004 - Present Professor, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL 36849
October 1999 - August 2004 Associate Professor, Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL 36849
July 1994 - September 1999 Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Auburn University, AL 36849
October 1991 - July 1994 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
January 1988 - October 1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546

University Teaching - Courses:

  • Plant Virology
  • Departmental seminar


  • Pernezny, K., Roberts, P., Murphy, J.F., and Goldberg, N. 2003. Compendium of Pepper Diseases. American Phytopathological Society Press, St. Paul, MN.
  • Chapters within:
    Murphy, J.F., and Warren, C.E. Plant virus diseases, pages 23-25. Murphy, J.F. Cucumber mosaic virus, pages 29-31. Murphy, J.F., and Zitter, T.A. Pepper mottle virus, pages 33-34.
Book chapters and review articles
  • Murphy, J.F. 2006. Applied aspects of induced resistance to plant virus infection. In: Natural Resistance Mechanisms Of Plants To Viruses. Chapter A1, pages 1-11. Springer Publishing, Netherlands. Editors: G. Loebenstein and J.P. Carr. 532 pages.
  • Sikora, E.J., and Murphy, J.F. 2005. Identification and management of Cucumber mosaic virus in Alabama. Acta Horticulturae 695:191-194.
Refereed articles (recent five years)
  • Perez, K., Yeam, I., Kang, B-C., Ripoll, D.R., Kim, J., Murphy, J.F., and Jahn, M.M. 2012. Tobacco etch virus infectivity in Capsicum spp. is determined by a maximum of three amino acids in the viral virulence determinant VPg. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 25:1562-1573.
  • Hadi, B.A.R., Flanders, K.L., Bowen, K.L., Murphy, J.F., and Blount, A.R.  2012. Survey of Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus and Cereal Yellow Dwarf Virus on Three Perennial Pasture Grasses in Florida.  Journal of Entomological Science 47:35-43.
  • Velasquez, N., Murphy, J.F., and Suh, S-J.  2012.  Electroporetic transfection of pepper protoplasts with plant Potyviruses.  Journal of Virological Methods 179:154-160.
  • Sikora, E.J., Murphy, J.F., Lawrence, K.S., and Mullen, J.M. 2011. Survey of fungal, nematode and virus diseases of soybean in Alabama. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2011-1227-01-RS
  • Hadi, B.A.R., Flanders, K., Murphy, J.F., Bowen, K., and Halbert, S. 2011. Species Composition of the Aphid Vectors (Hemiptera: Aphididae) of Barley yellow dwarf virus and Cereal yellow dwarf virus in Alabama and Western Florida. Journal of Economic Entomology 104: 1167-1173.
  • Masiri, J., Velasquez, N., and Murphy, J.F. 2011. Cucumber mosaic virus 2b-deficient mutant has a limited, symptomless systemic infection of bell pepper (Capsicum annuum L.).  Plant Disease 95:331-336.
  • Croxton, S.D., Foshee, III, W.G., Blythe, E.K., Murphy, J.F. and Sibley, J.L. 2011. Evaluation of selected tempera paints applied to tomatoes to reduce the occurrence of Tomato spotted wilt virus.   International Journal of Vegetable Science 17:177-189.
  • Ma, X., Coneva, E., Fadamiro, H., Murphy, J.F., Ray, C., and Dane, F.  2010.  Seasonal Occurrence and Abundance of Sharpshooter Leafhoppers in Alabama Orchards and Vineyards.  International Journal of Fruit Science 10:341–354.
  • Coneva, E.,Murphy, J.F., Boozer, R., and Velasquez, N. 2010. Incidence and distribution of viruses in blackberry (Rubus sp.) in Alabama. International Journal of Fruit Science 10:87-95
  • Murphy, J.F., and Dane, F. 2009. Evaluation of fungal resistant watermelon genotypes of the southeastern United States for their response to virus inoculation. HortTechnology 19:609-612.
  • Murphy, J.F., Masiri, J., and Eubanks, M.D. 2009. Reflective plastic mulch but not biological control reduced Watermelon mosaic virus incidence and yield losses in squash. International Journal of Vegetable Science 15:3-12.
  • Mazourek, M., Moriarty, G., Glos, M., Fink, M., Kreitinger, M., Henderson, E., Palmer, G., Chickering, A., Myers, J.R., Rumore, D.L., Murphy, J.F., Kramer, C., Jahn, M. 2009. 'Peacework': An early red bell pepper for organic systems with Cucumber mosaic virus resistance. HortScience 44:1464-1467.
  • Zitter, T.A., and Murphy, J.F.  2009. APSnet Plant Disease Lessons:  Cucumber mosaic.  Published on-line at:
    {refereed on-line lesson published through the American Phytopathological Society}
  • Murphy, J.F., Mosjidis, J., Eubanks, M.D., and Masiri, J. 2008. Inter-row cover crops to reduce incidence of aphid-borne viruses in pumpkin. International Journal of Vegetable Science 14:290-303.

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