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“Borrowing from neighbors: leveraging comparative genomics for improved plant disease resistance” - Jim Bradeen

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 12:20pm

Plant Science Building, 404

Jim Bradeen
University of Minnesota

Areas of Interest

Genomics of Disease Resistance in Plants

Our research focuses on the genetics and genomics of plant resistance to major pathogens. We conduct research in the Solanaceae (potato, tomato, tobacco) and Rosaceae (apple, peach, strawberry, rose) families. Our aim is sustainable and durable genetic solutions to important crop diseases, resulting in reduced grower and environmental costs associated with frequent pesticide applications. Using molecular and applied research techniques, we are identifying, characterizing, isolating, and deploying previously unknown or under-utilized sources of natural genetic resistance. Current research includes structural genomics (genome mapping, whole genome sequencing) of wild relatives of potato, comparative genomics of disease resistance genes across Solanaceous and Rosaceous species, and functional regulation of potato disease resistance genes throughout plant developmental stages and in different plant organs.


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Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology


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Tara Reed

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Jim Bradeen

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University of Minnesota

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