Rebecca Bart

  • Sep 30, 2019

Date & Location: September 30, 2019, at 4p; Room 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Building

Subject: Dissecting the disease triangle: host, pathogens and the environment

Host: Emily Roggenkamp

About the Speaker

Institution: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Research Interests: Dr. Bart’s research combines genetics with molecular and computational biology to learn about the mechanisms used by hosts and pathogens to recognize and respond to one another and the environment.

The 21st century is a transformative time to be a geneticist with an affinity for agriculture because modern molecular biology tools can be readily applied to genetically intractable organisms. In the Bart Lab, we combine genetics with molecular and computational biology to further understand the complex interactions between hosts and pathogens. While most plants are resistant to most pathogens, when disease does occur, it can be devastating to farmers and consumers. Pesticides are often employed in an attempt to limit spread, further adding to the total cost of disease. The Bart lab focuses on exploring natural genetic diversity and exploiting identified phenotypic traits for sustainable crop improvement. We are currently focused on Bacterial Blight of cassava and cotton.