RESEARCH PROJECTS:

 

  • Mark L. Farman
    Professor

  • Basil O' Connor Starter Scholar, 1991
  • Postdoc: University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Ph.D. University of East Anglia, UK
  • B.Sc. University of East Anglia, UK
  • Publications
Research in the Farman lab is focused on understanding mechanisms of pathogenicity and host specificity in the fungus Magnaporthe oryzae, causal agent of a devastating disease of rice known as rice blast. Though rice is the most economically important host for M. oryzae, the fungus infects other crop plants including wheat, barlet, oats, and finger millet; as well as turf grasses, such as perennial ryegrass and St. Augustinegrass. Toward this end, we are using genetics, molecular biology, genomics and bioinformatics to identify genes that control host specificity; and to shed light on genetic mechanisms that allow the fungus to adapt rapidly to different host species.