We study disease resistance in maize and sorghum with a substantial focus on fungal pathogens that produce toxins and cause large-scale food system contamination. We work at scales ranging from a single nucleotide (which genetic variations provide quantitative resistance) to whole-plant phenotypes (looking at tradeoffs between resistance mechanisms and other traits) to agroecologies (what environmental factors lead to plant stresses associated with mycotoxin outbreaks).
Department: Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology
Roles: Faculty Investigator
Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Fungi, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Plant Hosts