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Tag: Agricultural Research

  1. Xiangtao Xu, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Xiangtao Xu

    I am an ecosystem ecologist interested in the patterns, mechanisms, and consequences of the interactions between terrestrial ecosystems and the environment. My research program uses process-based ecosystem models as ‘numerical greenhouses’ to integrate the every-increasing heterogeneous data sets in ecology (e.g. synthesis in traits, ground[...]
  2. Gillian Turgeon, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Gillian Turgeon

    The Turgeon lab works on mechanisms of fungal virulence to plants with particular emphasis on the roles of fungal secondary metabolites, iron and oxidative stress. Classical genetic, molecular genetic, and genomic approaches are used.
  3. Christine Smart, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Christine Smart

    Two main areas of study in the Smart lab include identifying genes in bacterial pathogens that enable movement within a plant, and understanding the population diversity of rapidly reproducing oomycete pathogens. These studies enhance our knowledge of pathogen virulence determinants and further elucidate how plants[...]
  4. Teresa Pawlowska, Plant Pathoogy and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Teresa Pawlowska

    The Pawlowska lab studies the mechanisms underlying interactions between fungi and bacteria.  We are interested in both, mutualisms and antagonisms.  In mutualistic interactions, we want to discover novel mechanisms that stabilize these symbioses over evolutionary time.  In antagonisms, we explore defense mechanisms that protect fungi from bacterial[...]
  5. Rebecca Nelson, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Rebecca Nelson

    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[...]
  6. Gregory Martin

    The Martin lab studies the molecular bases of bacterial infection processes and the plant immune system. Our research focuses on speck disease caused by the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato. We use diverse experimental methods in biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, forward and reverse genetics, genomics, molecular[...]
  7. Jenny Kao-Kniffin, Horticulture

    Jenny Kao-Kniffin

    The goal of the Kao-Kniffin Lab is to understand the functional role of rhizosphere microbiomes in modifying plant traits. The rhizosphere harbors a tremendous diversity of soil microorganisms that enhance or inhibit plant growth. We are applying concepts in ecology and evolution to assemble microbiomes[...]
  8. Tory Hendry, Microbiology

    Tory Hendry

    Dr. Hendry is broadly interested in the evolution and ecology of bacteria interacting with hosts. Work in the Hendry lab aims to integrate data from genomic, experimental and field research to determine how host interactions shape bacterial evolution and population dynamics, and how these factors[...]
  9. John Helmann, Microbiology

    John Helmann

    We use Bacillus subtilis as a model system to characterize the bacterial stress responses elicited by metal ion limitation and excess during infection, and by host-produced antibiotics that interfere with integrity of the cell envelope. The resulting insights are relevant for understanding the mechanisms that allow bacterial[...]
  10. Michelle Heck, Boyce Thompson Institute

    Michelle Heck

    Our research uses a combination of molecular, genetic, and proteomics approaches to understand how insects transmit plant pathogens and how pathogens manipulate host plants to ensure replication and transmission. A second are of research is the development of new pest management tools to enhance cultural[...]