Chair & ProfessorPlant Pathology
One Shields Avenue
354 Hutchison Hall
Davis, CA 95616-8680
Projects in my lab include applied and basic investigations into the biology of plant pathogenic fungi, primarily species of Fusarium and Verticillium. Pitch canker disease on Monterey pine, caused by Fusarium circinatum, is currently a major focus of activity. This includes studies on the breeding biology of the pathogen, constitutive and induced disease resistance in the host, and the interactions between the fungus and its insect vectors.
SpecialtyThe ecology and evolution of plant pathogenic fungi, fungal-insect interactions, disease control.
California Agriculture Article Contributions
- Crop rotation and genetic resistance reduce risk of damage from Fusarium wilt in lettuce
- Strawberry breeding improves genetic resistance to Verticillium wilt
- Verticillium wilt threatens coastal cauliflower crop
- Pitch canker kills pines, spreads to new species and regions
- The epidemiology of powdery mildew on tomatoes