Disease Resistance

Mike Kolomiets
The long-term goal of my research program is to identify defense-related significance of maize oxylipin biosynthetic and signal transduction pathways by using functional genomics approaches. Currently, the focus is on the identification of function of individual lipoxygenase and oxo-phytodienoic acid reductases in resistance to mycotoxins, aflatoxins and fumonisins, produced by Aspergillus flavus and Fusarium verticillioides respectively.

Clint W. Magill
In addition to developing tags for single genes conferring resistance to several diseases and mapping resistance gene analogs in sorghum, we have used DNA technology to identify QTLs for downy mildew resistance in maize.

Joshua Yuan
We aim to use integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to address important issues in bioenergy and plant biology. We are employing the latest systems and computational biology platforms to carry out four aspects of research that work together to address the key challenges in second and third generation biofuels, as well as crop growth and safety.

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