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.
Crop Related, Non-Extension Research
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.
I use a combination of high-throughput phenotyping, genomics, and data science to reveal the genetic architecture of stress adaptive traits that are critical for abiotic stress tolerance.
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.
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.