We study fungal ecology, evolution, and systematics, with a special focus on fungal endophytes. We focus on plant communities ranging from Arctic tundra to hot deserts, tropical forests, and agroecosystems. Our diverse projects are united by an...
The Baltrus lab is interested in understanding microbial evolution with a focus on the mechanisms and costs of adaptation and guided by expectations from genomics and population genetics.
The focus of my lab is functional evolution in the plant family Brassicaceae. Currently my group is working to understand how the enzyme telomerase evolved. In addition we are interested in the processes by which long non-coding RNAs emerge and gain...
Research focuses on the dynamics of distribution, prevalence, and co-diversification driving emergent hemipteran-vectored pathogen outbreaks in cultivated and natural systems, and functional genomics to probe vector-pathogen specificity determinants.
The laboratory's mission is to reduce human exposure to aflatoxins and in the process improve understanding of the biology, physiology, genetics, and evolution of aflatoxin-producing fungi and the etiology and epidemiology of aflatoxin...
Taking biophysical, biochemical, genetic and evolutionary approaches, we endeavor to elucidate the molecular mechanism involved in viral DNA translocation and particle morphogenesis with single-stranded DNA Microviruses.
We pursue HTP functional genomics strategies in plants. In addition we aim to improve the genetics of switchgrass by identifying plants that are apomictic and self-fertile. We are also screening for variant phenotypes that we will be mapping.
His research centers around the development of new technologies and methods for the analysis of eukaryotes. Recognized as a pioneer in flow cytometry, his contributions have greatly improved our understanding of cell-specific gene expression.
My research program is directed at understanding the systems biology that controls seed composition and biotechnology to create seed traits including low allergen content, animal feed, and as a protein bio-factory.
Evaluation of management tactics for weedy and invasive plant species in Arizona's crops, range and natural landscapes including cultural methods, herbicides, GPS-RTK precision cultivation, optical sensing and computer technology.
Dr. McMahon researches phylogenetic and phylogenomic methods, systematics of the legume family (Fabaceae), and phylogenetic diversity of regional floras. She also directs the UA Herbarium.
Dr. Orchard worked as a scientist in the biotechnology industry prior to her appointment at UA and now facilitates student learning of Biotechnology in courses offered by the School of Plant Sciences.
My research is in the areas of crop production and crop physiology. Specific topics include the effect of climate and weather, fertilizer and irrigation, and genotypes on growth and yield of alfalfa, corn, sorghum, barley, wheat, and perennial...
Dr. Palanivelu's lab is identifying the molecular mechanisms that mediate Arabidopsis pollen tube germination, growth, guidance, and reception in the female gametophyte.
Research focused on the adaptation of turfgrass species/genotypes/cultivars to environmental (salinity, drought, & heat) stresses, screening various turfgrasses for stress tolerances in hydroponics culture as well as in the field, and studying...
Dr. Pryor's research interests include biological and cultural control of disease in field, tree, and vegetable crops, phylogenetic analysis and species concepts in fungi, secondary fungal metabolites, and environmental mycology. Additional...
Tanya Quist received a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Purdue University’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture where she studied in the Center for Plant Environmental Stress Physiology. Her thesis and post-doctoral work used whole...
Research emphasizes evaluation and enhancement of new and/or underutilized plant germplasm suitable for cultivation in arid environments. Present focus is the evaluation and development of new biofuel feedstocks.
Dr. Schuch's research addresses issues in plant production and landscape management with the goal to provide information on how to produce and maintain healthy, functional plants with minimum inputs.
Our research is focused on understanding how cellular energy transduction is regulated and the molecular evolution of genes that control plant adaptation. These two projects intersect in their importance for plant growth in saline environments.
Our lab is focused on structural and evolutionary genomics of crop plants, and is leading an international effort to generate reference genome sequences for all 24 species of the genus Oryza, which contains the world most important food crop – rice.
Plants use their energy-producing organelles (i.e. chloroplasts and mitochondria) to sense and adapt to changing environments and stresses. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms behind these signaling networks, allowing us to control crop growth.
Our lab conducts applied research on citrus, date palms and other tree fruit crops of importance to the desert. southwest. This includes investigations of rootstock and variety evaluation, pollination, fruit thinning, plant nutrition, irrigation,...
My research aims to understand the intricate interplays between viruses and their plant hosts during infection, mechanisms of plant resistance to viral infections, RNA virus evolution, and viral population genomics.
We are primarily interested in understanding how seed development is regulated. Our current focus is to decipher the gene-regulatory networks that control endosperm development and function in maize and Arabidopsis.
My research program centers on the study of mutualistic and antagonistic interactions of insect parasites and pathogens. The primary focus is on the so-called “entomopathogenic nematodes” (a.k.a. EPN) which encompass two families, Steinernematidae...
Our major goal is to understand the mechanisms used by plants to specify and maintain cell fates, from stem cells to differentiated cell types. We are also interested in manipulating the architecture of crop plants using genetic means.