Joe Ikley is a PhD student with Dr. Bill Johnson and Dr. Kiersten Wise investigating the importance of alternative hosts of the bacterium that causes Goss’s wilt on corn. The overall objectives of Joe’s research is to identify weed and cover crop hosts of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. nebraskensis (Cmn), investigate the ability of Cmn to overwinter on corn and weed hosts in Indiana, determine the impact of herbicides on disease severity in corn, and determine the role that cover crops can play in Goss’s wilt epidemiology. The ultimate goal of this research is to understand the role of weed and cover crop hosts in how the disease survives and spreads in Indiana and will help improve our understanding of this disease in order to develop practical Goss’s wilt management strategies for corn growers. Expected graduation: May 2017
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