Research in my lab focuses on the pathogens causing disease in alfalfa and strategies to reduce damage from diseases. I am interested in identifying and characterizing disease resistance in wild populations and related species such as the model legume Medicago truncatula. We are using molecular markers to map resistance genes and to accelerate developing resistant germplasm. I am also interested in diversity in pathogen populations, particularly in those genes involved in pathogenicity and triggering host resistance. For this we use genome sequencing, comparative genomics, and transcriptomics to gain a better understanding of plant-pathogen interactions. In collaborative research we are investigating the diversity of microbial populations associated with alfalfa roots and their roles in promoting plant growth and inhibiting pathogens.
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