Corby Kistler

KistlerFusarium head blight (FHB) is among the most vexing diseases of wheat and barley because traditional plant breeding efforts have not yielded varieties completely resistant to the disease.  Dr. Kistler's research provides basic knowledge of the fungal pathogen, microbial communities associated with diseased and healthy crops, as well as how the fungus infects plants and contaminates grain with its harmful mycotoxins. By understanding the fundamental mechanisms by which these microorganisms cause disease it may be possible to develop novel, stable, and environmentally sensible disease management practices that directly interfere with the essential processes of pathogenesis and/or that promote microbial communities that support healthy plants.

Keywords

Fusarium Head Blight
Mycotoxins
DON