Broders Lab Crop Pathology
Welcome to the Crop Pathology Lab at CSU
Research in our lab is focused on both basic and applied aspect of fungal plant pathogens and how they interact with their hosts and environment. Research areas integrate ecology, epidemiology, population genetics, and genomics to develop a broader understanding of fungal pathogen diversity and their spread over space and time. The knowledge gained from these investigations is used to developed management strategies to decrease economic losses to agricultural crops.
Congratulations to PhD students Mary Ortiz-Castro and Stephen Wyka on their awards at the annual BSPM award ceremony
Mary Ortiz-Castro won the Johanna and Boris Kondratieff Sr. memorial scholarship
Stephen Wyka won the Tex Baker Plant Pathology Scholarship
The Broders lab recently attended the annual meeting of the American Phytopathological Society in San Antonio, Texas. We had a chance to enjoy some backyard hospitality at a local icehouse “good beers, great people”
Check out the posters presented at the meeting by lab members!
New funding from the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research to work on Bacterial Leaf Streak of corn, a new pathogen of corn in the U.S. Check out the press release
New Publication! First report of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum on maize in Argentina
New Publication! Comparative genomics of beetle vectored fungal pathogens
New Publication! Impact of climate change and race evolution on stripe rust of wheat
New Publication! Role of climate change in the emergence of eastern white pine disease.
New corn disease found in Colorado. Read about this new disease here.
2016 Lab Retreat
The Broders lab just completed their first lab retreat on September 17-18, 2016, which was held at the CSU Mountain Campus. We had an excellent day of project presentations, followed by a number great discussions, which resulted in several new ideas for several of the projects. In addition, the retreat provided a time for the lab group to reflect on the diversity of “Crop Pathology” research projects currently ongoing in the lab. This lead to the development of a figure highlighting the foci (large circles) of the Broders Lab and where each of these projects (small projects) fit within the continuum of research foci.
We spent much of the first day discussing research, but had some fun as well, with a game of “Plant Pathology Jeopardy” followed by a rousing game of pictionary with “Science” and “Cities” categories. Since the CSU Mountain Campus is situated in the Rocky Mountains, the following day we were able to go for a hike among the changing colors of the aspens.