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Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca Nelson, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

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).

Title: Professor

Department: Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

Roles: Faculty Investigator

Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Fungi, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Plant Hosts