Molecular Approaches to Reducing Plant Diseases
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The focus of this project is to understand how plant and pathogens interact in ways that can either lead to disease or resistance. Our ultimate goal is to determine the genetic basis for why some strains of a fungal pathogen trigger host defense while others do not. While the mechanisms of function of plant resistance genes in plants is rapidly advancing, the fungal factors that trigger defense response are not. It is out belief that by first identifying the genes it will be possible to predict the products and to design more durable and stable resistance.