Seminar: Exploiting Oomycete Genomes for Fundamental Insight and New Approaches to Disease Control

Dr. John M. McDowell, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, Virginia Tech
Credit: John McDowell, Virginia Tech

Credit: John McDowell, Virginia Tech

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October 30, 2017, 3:35 PM - 4:30 PM

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Pathogens have evolved sophisticated molecular weapons to exploit plants as sources of food and shelter. For example, many pathogens have evolved the capacity to export their own “effector” proteins to the interior of plant cells. My group uses molecular, genetic, and genome-enabled approaches to understand how oomycetes manipulate plant cells to suppress immunity and extract nutrients. We are also translating genomic information on oomycete pathogens into new approaches for breeding disease-resistant crops. I will describe a fundamental research project in which we are investigating how an oomycete exploits cross-talk between plant hormone signaling sectors, and I will also summarize an applied project in which we are using oomycete effector genes as probes to identify new sources of resistance against a disease of soybean.

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