Plant Diseases - Fungal Pathogens and Crop Resistance

Plant Pathology
Faculty Advisor
James Steadman
Contact Email
Start Date
Summer or Academic Year
Paid or Volunteer
Hours Per Week
20 during Summer, 10 during Academic Year

Research will involve using molecular and classical methods to characterize isolates of foliar and root fungal pathogens (biotrophs & necrotrophs) to determine diversity in the populations. Using appropriate isolates to screen crop plant lines, especially dry beans, for resistance to the specific pathogen isolates. Molecular tools will be used to trace the movement of foliar fungal pathogen isolates across states/countries. The lab has state, national and international goals to improve food security.

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