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.
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! Impact of climate change on 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.