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plant disease management


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Ornamental and other crops are infected by various species of Phytophthora, Pythium, Fusarium, Alternaria, Diplocarpon rosae, Colletotrichum, Rhizoctonia, and Sclerotinia etc.  In addition, several bacterial diseases caused by Xanthomonas spp and Ralstonia solanacearum also cause severe economic damage.  Moreover, certain ornamentals can serve as carriers for threatening and invasive diseases in major crops.  For example, the citrus greening pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus infects many ornamentals, which can serve as a source of infection for nearby otherwise healthy citrus groves. 

The overall long-term goal of our research and extension program is to develop and disseminate disease management tools that are sustainable, eco-friendly, inexpensive and easily integrable in the whole production system of crops.  Prevention of crop diseases requires a systems-based approach, including improved disease diagnosis, developing and growing resistant cultivars and educating Stakeholders about the socio-economical benefits of integrated pest management tools. As is outlined below, our group investigates several important questions that includes both applied and basic components.  Following are the major areas of research in our lab.

Current Projects.




Cam binding to its target 


protoplastBimolecular Fluorescence Complementation in a protoplast.

LFDLater Flow Device -based LAMP


Confocal imgae of a GFP-tagged transcription factor