Deborah Samac

Deborah SamacDr. Samac's research group is focused on developing alfalfa germplasm with enhanced resistance to root rot and crown rot diseases by identifying novel resistance genes from wild relatives, using genetic markers, and transgenic expression of antimicrobial peptides. They identify microbes in the alfalfa rhizosphere that promote growth of alfalfa and subsequent crops. They develop crop management systems using alfalfa to promote soil fertility and reduce insect pests, soil erosion, and nutrient loss.      

Keywords

Disease resistance genes
Metagenomics
Aphanomyces root rot