David N. Appel
Research in the Forest Pathology Laboratory focuses on factors that influence the incidence and severity of plant disease epidemics, such as oak wilt and Pierce’s disease of grapes. Similar studies are being conducted on potentially dangerous invasive species, such as exotic and native dodder species.
Martin B. Dickman
My research program centers on fundamental aspects of fungal plant interactions and the identification of genes that regulate pathogenic development, signal communication and programmed cell death (PCD). The overall goals of these studies are to understand the underlying mechanisms that regulate plant death and implement novel strategies for disease resistance and/or plant stress tolerance.
Daniel J. Ebbole
My research involves how development and pathogenesis share the common features of responding to environmental conditions to execute a program of gene expression resulting in new cell types.
The principal focus of my research and extension deals with the management of diseases associated with turfgrass, rice, and soybean. Studies have been conducted to develop molecular identification methods of causal pathogens and to improve cultural and chemical strategies to manage diseases in the field.
Charles M. Kenerley
Understanding the genes involved in the interactions between the biocontrol agent, Trichoderma virens, and its hosts will greatly assist in the development of fungal agents for disease suppression as well as provide insight into the life strategies of soilborne fungi. In addition to genes encoding hydrolytic enzymes, we are analyzing the role peptaibols and other secondary metabolites have in fungal development.
Clint W. Magill
Current research is aimed at developing real-time PCR based systems for detection of differences among downy mildews that attack monocots, especially maize and sorghum.
Brian D. Shaw
My Interests include the study of the developmental biology of fungi. Currently I am working with a group of Aspergillus nidulans mutants that are aberrant in spore germination and polarized growth.
Dr. Shim’s research program at Texas A&M University is focused on studying the biology of fungal pathogens of corn and sorghum, particularly that of Fusarium verticillioides, Fusarium graminearum and Cercospora zeae-maydis.
In my fungal evolutionary ecology program I use a variety of fungal systems to evaluate both 1) how targeted traits contribute to fitness and 2) the evolutionary trajectory and/or history of the traits.