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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