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Biology Department

Biology Faculty

Ho, Hon

B.S. (Botany, Zoology) University of Hong Kong '62, '63

Ph.D. (Botany) University of Western Ontario 1966


Department: Biology
Office: CSB 150
Phone: (845) 257-3780

Career History

1966-67 Post-doctoral Fellow, Department of Botany, University of Western Ontario
1967-68 Assistant Professor, Department of Botany And Bacteriology, Ohio
Wesleyan University
1968- Assistant, Associate and Full Professor, Department of Biology , SUNY New
Paltz (Chair, 92-08)

Visiting Professor at the Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside; Systematic Mycology & Lichenology Lab, Institute of Microbiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing; Department of Plant Protection, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing; Plant Protection Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Hainan and Institute of Botany, Academia Sinica , Taipei.

Teaching Interests

Plant Morphology, Developmental Plant Anatomy, Mycology, Plant Pathology and Introduction to Plant Life

Research/Creative Activity

Taxonomy and biology of fungi with special emphasis on the oomycetes (Kingdom Chromista), including the plant pathogenic species of Phytophthora, Pythium and Pythiogeton as well as the saprophytic species of Halophytophthora from mangrove habitats.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

State University of New York Chancellor's Award in Scholarship and Creative Activity 2013
State University of New York Faculty Exchange Scholar 1990-93
State University of New York Research Foundation Faculty Research Fellowship 1969, 70, 77
State University of New York Research Foundation Grant-in-aid 1969-70, 77-78
SUNY College at New Paltz Grants for Research and Creative Projects Program 1985-86, 91-92, 95-96, 98-99
New York State/United University Profession Experienced Faculty Travel Award 1986, 87, 93, 94, 98
Whitehall Foundation Grant-in-aid 1986-89
National Research Council (Taiwan, R.O.C.) Grant 1989-91
National Geographic Society Research Grant 1991-93, 96-98

Listed in numerous biographic citations, including American Men and Women of Science, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Sciences Higher Education, Outstanding scientists of the 21st Century and Who’s who in Overseas Chinese of High Intelligence.
Awarded a special certificate (second prize) by the National Educational Council of the Peoples Republic of China in recognition of major contributions to the advancement of scientific technology in China, 1992.
Member of Phytophthora Committee of the International Society of Plant Pathology, 1993-98.
Appointed as Visiting Scientist by the Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Hainan, China, starting spring, 2003.
Editorial Board Member of Research Journal of Botany


Chen Xiu-Xian, Zeng Hui Cai, H. H. Ho and Peng Yan 2008. Identification of Pythium splendens, a new record in Hainan and its pathogenicity test to oil plam. J. Yunnan Agric Univ. 23(3):321-324. Zeng, H.C., H.H. Ho and F.C. Zheng. 2009. A survey of Phytophthora species on Hainan Island of South China. Journal of Phytopathology 157:33-39. Ho, H.H. 2009. The genus Pythium in Taiwan (1) – a synoptic review. Frontiers of Biology In China 4(1):15-28. Zhan R.L., S.J. Yang, H. H. Ho, P. Liu, Y.L. Zhao, J.M. Chang and Y.B. He. 2010. Mango malformation disease in South China caused by Fusarium proliferatum. Journal of Phytopathology 158: 721-725. Doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0434.2010.01688.x Tao, Y.H., F. Zeng, H.H. Ho, J.G. Wei, Y.X. Wu, L.L. Yang and Y.Q. He.2011. Pythium vexans causing stem rot of Dendrobium in Yunnan Province, China. Journal of Phytopathology 159: 255-259. Doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0434.2010.01756.x Ho, H.H. 2011. The genus Pythium in Taiwan (2)- an illustrated diagnostic key. Mycotaxon 116: 33-47. Doi:10.5248/116.33 Tao Y.H., H.H.Ho, Y.X. Wu and Y.B. He. 2011. Phytophthora nicotianae causing Dendrobium blight in Yunnan Province, China. International J. Plant Pathology 2(4): 177- 186. Doi: 10.3923/ijpp.2011 Li P., X.X. Wu, Z.Y. Wang, H. Ho, Y.X. Wu, Z.C. Mao and Y.Q. He. 2012. First report of Ralstonia solanacearum causing bacterial wilt of Yacon in China. Plant Dis. 96(6): 904-905. Guo L.W., Y.X. Wu, Z.C. Mao, H.H. Ho and Y.Q. He. 2012. Storage rot of dragon fruit caused by Gilbertella persicaria. Plant Dis. 96(12): 1826. Ho, H.H., X.X. Chen, H.C. Zeng and F.C. Zheng. 2012. The occurrence and distribution of Pythium species in Hainan of South China. Botanical Studies 53: 517-526. Ho, H.H. 2013. The genus Pyhtium in mainland China. Mycosystema 32 (Supplement): 20-44.

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

Member of the Mycological Society of America and American Phytopathological Society

Link to CV