Our research program focuses on promoting sustainable and economically sound disease management practices in Indiana field crops. We have an interdisciplinary plant pathology research and extension program involved in studying the biology and management of soilborne and foliar pathogens of agronomic crops.
Tar spot is a foliar disease of corn that has emerged as a dire economic threat to the United States Corn Belt. Tar spot is caused by an obligate fungal pathogen Phyllachora maydis which reduces corn grain yield and quality. The economic impact of tar spot in the U.S. is predicted at $231 Bil reduction in…READ MORE
Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS): Integrated Management Tactics for SDS, FvTox1 Expression and SDS Hyperspectral Sensing
Soybean Sudden death syndrome (SDS) is known to be one of the most yield limiting soybean diseases in the United States. SDS is caused by a soil borne pathogen (F. virguliforme) which results in a two-stage symptom development: i. root necrosis followed by ii. foliar symptoms of interveinal chlorosis and necrosis, that occurs late in…READ MORE