Yanhong Dong

Yanhong DongDr. Dong's program focuses on the diagnostics of mycotoxins produced by fungi, especially Fusarium species that cause Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) in small grains. They use gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) to provide rapid, cost-effective and accurate measurement of mycotoxins in harvested grains, greenhouse samples as well as in fungal culture media. They collaborate closely with plant pathologists to study the factors involved in mycotoxins' biosynthesis and to develop effective disease management strategies to mitigate desease severity and mycotoxin contamination. They also collaborate with wheat and barley breeders to develop new varieties with improved resistance to FHB and deoxynivalenol accumulation.       

Keywords

Mycotoxin
Trichothecenes
and GC-MS analysis