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Mycobiome of imported plants

Forest tree seedlings, ornamentals and seedlings for home gardening, shipping pallets, and even firewood can cross thousands of miles and international borders before reaching their final destination, and all can carry an invisible community with them, pathogens and mutualists alike.

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Quantitative trait evolution & resistance breeding

The poplar-poplar rust pathosystem is a near-model system in forest pathology, in which years of breeding for resistance have seen each qualitative resistance type deployed overcome in due course by pathogen evolution. Working with the INRA Tree-Microbe Interactions group, I studied

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Disease resistance and plant conservation

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

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Disease dynamics across contexts

International collaboration and communication are recognised a key component of forward-looking plant health policy – the problem emerging in one corner of the world today is the big risk elsewhere, tomorrow. Botanic gardens can serve an important role, monitoring the

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