Faculty Information

G. Shad Ali

Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology

University of Florida, IFAS
Mid-Florida Research & Education Center
2725 Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703-8504

Email: gsali@ufl.edu
Tel: 407-410-6933

Lab web page:http://mrec.ifas.ufl.edu/faculty/gsa/default.asp

  • Cornell University, Ithaca, NY-Ph.D., 1998

  • Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan-M.S., 1991

  • Agricultural University, Peshawar, Pakistan-B.S., 1989


The humid and relatively warm weather of Florida is very favorable for the development of plant diseases in ornamental, vegetable and fruit crops.  In addition, increased international trade in plant commodities have led to the spread of pathogens in new niches including in Florida.  In order to avoid the spread and establishment of pathogens, our primary mission is to conduct research on the early detection, molecular diagnosis and management of fungal diseases of ornamental and other crops.  Our second mission is to timely disseminate scientifically sound information to clientele so that they can make informed decisions to minimize losses caused by plant diseases. In addition, we also conduct basic research in plant-microbe interaction using high throuhput molecular, genetic and cell biological approaches. For details on specific projects, see our lab webpage.



Yang, T. Ali, G.S. et al. 2010. Calcium/calmodulin-regulated receptor-like kinase CRLK1 interacts with MEKK1 in plants. Plant Signal Behav 5, doi:12225 [pii]10.1074/jbc.M109.035659 (2010).

Liqun Du, Ali G.S., Kayla A. Simons, Jingguo Hou, Tianbao Yang, A.S.N. Reddy and B. W. Poovaiah. (2009) Ca2+/calmodulin Regulates Salicylic Acid-mediated Plant Immunity. Nature 26;457(7233):1154-8. Epub 2009 Jan 4.

Ali, G.S. and A.S.N. Reddy. (2008a) PAMP-Triggered Immunity: Early Events in the Activation of FLAGELLIN SENSITIVE2. Plant Signal Behav 3 (6): 423-426.

Ali, G.S., K.V.S.K. Prasad, Irene Day and A.S.N. Reddy. (2007a). Ligand-Dependent Reduction in the Membrane Mobility of FLAGELLIN SENSITIVE2, an Arabidopsis Receptor-Like Kinase. Plant Cell Physiol. 48:1601-11.

Ali, G.S., Reddy, V.S., Lindgren, P.B., Jakobek, J.L.  and A.S.N. Reddy (2003a) Differential expression of genes encoding calmodulin-binding proteins in response to bacterial pathogens and inducers of defense responses. Plant Mol Biol 51:803-815.

Ali, G. S.,  G.E. Harman, and B. I. Reisch. (2003b) The Interaction of Trichoderma-Endochitinase, a Synthetic Peptide ESF12 and Resveratrol in Controlling Fungal Growth in  vitro.  Eur J Plant Pathol 109:639-644.

Reddy V.S., Ali G.S. and Reddy A.S. N. (2003c) Characterization of a pathogen-induced calmodulin-binding protein: mapping of four Ca2+-dependent calmodulin-binding domains.  Plant Mol Biol 52:143-159.

Reddy V.S.*, Ali G.S.* (Co-first author) and  Reddy A.S. (2002a) Genes encoding calmodulin-binding proteins in the Arabidopsis genome.  J Biol  Chem 277: 9840-9852. 

Irene S. Day, V. S. Reddy, Ali, G.S. and A.S.N. Reddy (2002b) Analysis of EF-hand-containing proteins in Arabidopsis. Genome Biol 3 (10):1-24.

Ali, G.S. and A.S.N. Reddy.   (2000) Inhibition of fungal and bacterial plant pathogens by synthetic peptides: In vitro growth inhibition, interaction between peptides and inhibition of disease progression. Mol Plant-Microbe Interac 13:874-879.

Kikkert, J.R. G.S. Ali, M.J. Striem, M.-H. Martens, P.G. Wallace, L. Molino, and B.I. Reisch. (1997) Genetic Engineering of Grapevine (Vitis sp.) for Enhancement of Disease Resistance. Acta Horticulturae 447:273-279.


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