Disease resistance and plant conservation

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As a doctoral student and postdoc at UC Berkeley, I developed genetic and genomic resources to study resistance to sudden oak death (Phytophthora ramorum) in one of its most susceptible hosts, the California endemic tanoak (Notholithocarpus densiflorus). Current research questions build on this, using trait assessments and modelling to ask whether resistance in wild trees can be enough to slow the disease, or if P. ramorum will evolve in response?

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