Research PBG

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Pathogen Biology and Genetics (PBG)


PBG Research Area Committee  Updated:  1/1/17
Chair, Corby Kistler, USDA-ARS, St. Paul, MN
Vice-Chair, Todd Ward, USDA-ARS, Peoria, IL
Gopal Subramanian, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, ON
Tom Baldwin, USDA-ARS, Aberdeen, ID


Program Description

Research in this area includes studies that address mycotoxin biosynthesis in vivo or in planta, host/parasite interactions, and host resistance mechanisms that target the pathogen. Research in PBG should complement and be linked to whole plant research that will lead to disease control and/or toxin reduction strategies.

FY16-17 Research Priorities Derived from Action Plan Goals:

  1. Characterize plant-fungal interactions in plant lines,including transgenic lines and others being developed by the USWBSI.
  2. Develop new strategies for reducing impact of FHB disease and mycotoxin contamination in barley and wheat.  Focus on pathogen genes and responses, including specific host target genes.


Summary of Funding
  FY15 (2015-16) FY16 (2016-17)
Number of Projects: 4 5
Number of PIs: 4 5
Total Award Amount: $181,500 $196,582
% Total Rec. Funding: 3.70% 4.06%
Research Projects: FY15 FY16



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