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Belesky, David

Adjunct Research Professor

David P. Belesky served as farm system Director for the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design. He provided administrative and operations oversight, and resource coordination for seven farms at various locations across the state of West Virginia. Dr. Belesky is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University (B.Sc. 1973; M.Sc. 1975) and West Virginia University (Ph.D. 1978). He served as a research agronomist with the USDA-ARS in Georgia and West Virginia, where he developed an internationally recognized research program addressing forage grass – fungal endophyte interactions in pastoral agro-ecosystems. Discoveries from his program inform survival strategy models for tall fescue – endophyte associations growing in a wide range of conditions, contributing to practical management of tall fescue grown on about 35 million acres in the USA. Current research interests focus on spatial and temporal distribution of pasture forage species and production as predictors of climate variation and development of low-input grazing practices for improved hill-land pasture including new forage resources, methods to establish and manage silvopasture and sustaining livestock health and performance. His research program involved post-doctoral research associates and visiting scholars from Poland, Hungary, Syria, China, Britain, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Slovakia, Poland, Venezuela, Sri Lanka, Israel and Brazil, as well as numerous colleagues in the USA. Results of his research team efforts are published in approximately 200 original works appearing in refereed journals and reviewed proceedings, invited book chapters and experiment station technical reports.


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  1. Belesky DP, JJ Halvorson, JM Ruckle, DP Malinowski, DJ Mata-Padrino. 2019. Designed and naturalized sward response to management: I. Patterns of herbage production. Ann. Appl. Biol. 175: 42-53. DOI:10.1111/aab.12512
  2. Malinowski, DP, DP Belesky. 2019. Epichloë (formerly Neotyphodium) fungal endophytes increase adaptation of cool-season perennial grasses to environmental stresses. Acta Agrobotanica DOI: 10.5586/aa.1767
  3. Neel JPS, D Moriasi, MA Brown, DP Belesky. 2019. Model predicted DMI, nitrogen (N) excretion and N use efficiency utilizing plasma urea nitrogen (PUN) versus values estimated in conjunction with viable dry matter intake estimates in lambs grazing pasture. J. Anim. Sci. Res. 3: 1-7. DOI: 10.16966/2576-6457.123
  4. Mata-Padrino DJ, DP Belesky, CD Crawford, BO Walsh, JW MacAdam, SA Bowdridge. 2018. Effects of grazing birdsfoot trefoil-enriched pasture on managing Haemonchus contortus infection in Suffolk crossbred lambs. J. Anim. Sci. 97:172-183. doi: 10.1093/jas/sky405
  5. Burner DM, AL Hale, RP Viator, DP Belesky, JH Houx, AJ Ashworth, FB Fritschi. 2017. Ratoon cold tolerance of Pennisetum, Erianthus, and Saccharum bioenergy feedstocks. Industrial Crops & Products 109:327-334. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2017.08.020
  6. Mata-Padrino DJ, EED Felton, WB Bryan, DP Belesky. 2017. Winter grazing in a grass-fed system: Effect of stocking density and sequential use of autumn-stockpiled grassland on performance of yearling steers. Intl J. Agron. Article ID 2375954 9p. doi.org/10.1155/2017/2375954.
  7. Halvorson JJ, DP Belesky, M West. 2017. Inhibition of forage seed germination by leaf litter extracts of overstory hardwoods used in silvopasture systems. Agrofor. Syst. 91:69-83.
  8. Neel JPS, DP Belesky. 2017. Herbage production, nutritive value and animal productivity within hardwood silvopasture, open and mixed pasture systems in Appalachia, United States. Grass Forage Sci. 72: 137-153
  9. Burner DM, AJ Ashworth, DH Pote, JR Kiniry, DP Belesky, JH Houx III, P Carver, FB Fritschi. 2017. Dual-Use Bioenergy-Livestock Feed Potential of Giant Miscanthus, Giant Reed, and Miscane. Agric. Sci. 8:97-112.
  10. Belesky DP, DP Malinowski. 2016. Grassland communities in the USA and expected trends associated with climate change. Acta Agrobotanica. (invited review). DOI: 10.5586/aa.1673 Turner KE, DP Belesky, KA Cassida, AM Zajac MA Brown. 2016. Selective deworming effects on performance and parameters associated with gastrointestinal parasite management in lambs and meat-goat kds finished on pasture. Sheep & Goat Res. J. 31: 17-29.
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