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.


FY18-19 Research Priorities Derived from Action Plan Goals:

  1. Characterize plant-fungal interactions to identify important genes, proteins or small molecules that may be used to develop FHB resistance or to reduce DON contamination in barley and wheat.
  2. Gain new understanding of initial fungal infection that may be utilized to boost FHB resistance.
  3. Discover epiphytic or endophytic microbes or microbial communities that may be useful for development of biological control of practices for FHB.


Summary of Funding
  FY16 (2016-17) FY17 (2017-18)
Number of Projects: 5 5
Number of PIs: 5 5
Total Award Amount: $196,582 $194,127
% Total Rec. Funding: 4.06% 3.37%
Research Projects: FY16 FY17



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