The emphases of Dr. Kurle's research is on the role of cultural practices and the application of cultivar disease resistance for control of diseases of soybean. He is particularly interested in the role of crop sequence, asymptomatic infection, and saprophytic growth in supporting pathogen survival and increasing pathogen inoculum density. Currently, his project emphasizes research into the interaction of disease etiology, symptom expression, and environmental factors in order to accurately phenotype soybean for resistance or partial resistance in order to identify markers by association mapping. The outcome of this effort will be improved resistance to seed, root, and seedling rots caused by Phytophthora sojae, Fusarium virguliforme, Fusarium graminearum, and various Pythium species. He is committed to communicating the importance of agricultural research through undergraduate education. His class, “Plants Get Sick Too”, introduces non-science majors to biological concepts emphasizing principles of plant pathology. This class is a hybrid of in-person and on-line lectures, interactive on-line exercises, and active learning in the laboratory.