Terry J Torres-Cruz

Terry J Torres-Cruz

  • Ph.D. Candidate in Plant Pathology and Biogeochemistry
  • President, Plant Pathology Association (PPA)
  • Advisor: Dr. David Geiser
  • Co-advisor: Dr. Mary Ann Bruns
120 Buckhout Lab (office)
118/119 Buckhout Lab (lab)

University Park, PA 16803

Areas of Expertise

  • Mycology
  • Fungal pseudoflowers
  • Biogeochemistry


  • B.S., Biotechnology Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica
  • M.S., Biology, Western Illinois University


  • Plant Pathology Association (PPA) President
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) Delegate for the College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Graduate School Alumni Society Board of Directors Graduate Student Representative


Torres-Cruz TJ, Porras-Alfaro A, Caimi NA, Nwabologu O, Strach EW, Read KJH, Young JM, Buecher DC, Northup DE. 2019. Are microclimate conditions in El Malpais National Monument caves in New Mexico, USA suitable for Pseudogymnoascus growth? International Journal of Speleology 48:191-202. DOI: 10.5038/1827-806x.48.2.2254

Torres-Cruz TJ, Hesse C, Kuske CR, Porras-Alfaro A. 2018. Presence and Distribution of Heavy Metal Tolerant Fungi in Surface Soils of a Temperate Pine Forest. Applied Soil Ecology 131:66–74. DOI: 10.1016/j.apsoil.2018.08.001

Torres-Cruz TJ, Howell A, Reibold R, McHugh T, Reed S. 2018. Species-specific nitrogenase activity in lichen-dominated biological soil crust from the Colorado Plateau, USA. Plant and Soil 429:113–125. DOI: 10.1007/s11104-018-3580-2

González-Chávez MC, Torres-Cruz TJ, Albarrán-Sánchez S, Porras-Alfaro A, Carrillo-González R, Carrillo-López LM. 2017. Microscopic characterization of orchid mycorrhizal fungi: Scleroderma as a putative novel orchid mycorrhizal fungus of Vanilla in different crop systems. Mycorrhiza 28:147–157. DOI: 10.1007/s00572-017-0808-6

Torres-Cruz TJ, Almatruk M, Tobias T, Hesse C, Desiro A, Benucci GM, Kuske CR, Bonito G, Stajich J, Dunlap C, Porras-Alfaro A. 2017. Bifiguratus adelaidae gen. nov, sp. nov., a new lineage of Mucoromycotina with endophytic and soil-dwelling strains. Mycologia 109:363-378. DOI: 10.1080/00275514.2017.1364958

Hesse C, Torres-Cruz TJ, Tobias TB, Al-Matruk M, Porras-Alfaro A, Kuske, CR. 2016. Ribosomal RNA gene detection and targeted culture of novel nitrogen-responsive fungal taxa from temperate pine forest soil. Mycologia 108:1082-1090. DOI: 10.3852/16-086

Porras-Alfaro A, Ndinga Muniania C, Hamm PS, Torres-Cruz TJ, Kuske CR. 2017. Fungal diversity, community structure and their functional roles in desert soils. In: Steven, B (ed). The Biology of Arid and Initial Soils. DeGruyter. Germany.

Aguilar-Ulloa W, Arce-Acuña P, Galiano-Murillo F, Torres-Cruz TJ. 2016. Aislamiento de esporas y evaluación de métodos de inoculación en la producción de micorrizas en cultivos trampa. Tecnologia en Marcha. Edición Especial Biocontrol:5-14.