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David O. TeBeest Materials

Identifier: MC 2046

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials related to Dr. David O. TeBeest's time as a professor in the University of Arkansas' Department of Plant Pathology. Items in the collection include field workbooks and notes concerning molecular ecology and epidemiology of plant disease, mycoherbicides, fungal pathogens of rice, sorghum, and corn, as well as documentation of and information pertaining to Collego, the first fungal biological weed control product in the U.S., which he co-invented. There are many photographic slides and negatives pertaining to his lab and field research, data files, publications, posters, research on false smut, digital media, Faculty Service Review Reports, class lecture notes, and files regarding project developments. There are also proposals to several government agencies pertaining to agriculture methods, licenses, and grants.


  • Creation: 1970-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Access restrictions apply: The last three folders of the collection are restricted for 80 years.

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Conditions Governing Use

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

David O. TeBeest was born in 1946 in Baldwin, Wisconsin. Dr. David O. TeBeest was a professor in Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas until his retirement in 2015. He received his B.S. in Biology from Wisconsin State University in 1968, and an M.S. and Ph. D. in Plant Pathology there in 1971 and 1974 respectively. He became Assistant Professor at The University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1978, Associate Professor in 1981, and Professor of Plant Pathology from 1984-2015. He then served as University Professor Emeritus in Plant Pathology for U of A. He has been listed as a noteworthy plant pathologist and educator by Marquis' "Who’s Who". He conducted research efforts on the Molecular Ecology and epidemiology of Plant Pathogens in the Department of Plant Pathology at U of A and particularly focused on interactions between fungal plant pathogens with rice, sorghum, and aeschynomene. He conducted and examined lab experiments that dealt with selected pathogens and the effect they have on seed infection and transmission as well as effects on yield and seed quality of rice, corn, and sorghum. He developed a biological weed control product called Collego, which was the first bioherbicide developed and used in row-crop agriculture in the world. He co-authored many publications on Rice Blast Disease, Anthracnose Disease of Grain Sorghum, and other plant species in the 1990s and 2000s. He created and registered products to help the control of weeds such as Collego in 1982, Collego II in 1997, and Lockdown in 2006 in collaboration with The Upjohn Company, ECOGEN, and ARI Technologies respectively. He also co-authored works on fungal genetics from the 1980s-1990s. He was the recipient of the USDA research award in 1990, a member of The American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Phytopathological Society, Mycology Society American, and the American Society of Microbiologists.


19 Linear Feet (16 containers)

6.90 Gigabytes

Language of Materials



This collection's original order was mostly maintained. There was an extensive box and item level inventory in the accession file which was followed by the archivist. The box of digital media was moved near the end of the collection to keep paper files together. The last box of the collection was missing a complete inventory list, and the donor noted it was not well organized. The archivist re-ordered folders in the last box chronologically by subject to be consistent with the rest of the collection. The contents were arranged chronologically by subject and format.

The subjects are arranged as follows:

  • Slides and Negatives on Biological Control of Weeds and Collego: Box 1 Files 1-14
  • Histology Glass Slides: Box 2-Box 3
  • Collego Registration Materials: Box 4 Files 1-26
  • Slides on Crop Diseases: Box 4 File 27-Box 5 File 5
  • Field Research and Publications: Box 5 Files 6-Box 6 File 19
  • Field Work Books: Box 6 File 20-Box 7 File 4
  • Research and Publications: Box 7 File 5-Box 9 File 23
  • Plant Pathology Notebooks and Research: Box 9 Files 24-Box 10 File 27
  • Field Test Logs: Box 10 Files 28-37
  • Books: Box 11 Files 1-10
  • Faculty Forms and Plant Pathology 5313 Class Lectures: Box 11 File 11-Box 12 File 17
  • Personal Papers Related to Project Development: Box 12 Files 18-50
  • Proposals to Agencies: Box 12 File 51-59
  • Pesticide Applicators Licenses and Other Research Permits: Box 12 File 60-Box 13 File 12
  • False Smut Research: Box 13 Files 13-35
  • General Files: Box 13 Files 36-42
  • Posters: Box 14
  • Digital Media: Box 15
  • Collego Bucket Container: Box 16

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The David O. TeBeest Materials was donated to the Special Collections Department by David O. TeBeest on June 15, 2015.

Existence and Location of Copies

Files from discs, loaded into Archivematica.

Processing Information

Nathaniel Guttenberg, January 2024

David O. TeBeest Materials
Nathaniel Guttenberg
January, 2024
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
(479) 575-8444