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Department of Plant Pathology

Fungal genetics

Bob Bowden - Genetics and biology of Fusarium graminearum.

Kevin McCluskey - Genetics and genomics of classical mutant identification

Richard Todd - Classical and molecular genetic manipulation of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans, a model for plant pathogenic fungi and industrial fungi. Determining the molecular mechanisms of gene regulation in response to nutrient availability, an important factor for pathogenesis.

Barbara Valent - Genetics and functional genomics of the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe grisea, and its host, Oryza sativa, with a focus on molecular understanding of the "gene-for-gene" surveillance systems by which plants detect and defend themselves against pathogens. Analysis of the AVR-Pita and Pi-ta resistance gene system for elucidation of recognition and triggering mechanisms, defense signal transduction pathways and defense responses. Understanding avirulence gene functions in the infection process. Population biology of fungal avirulence genes as an aid to R gene deployment.