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We are studying the ways in which plants and microbes interact and the role of the environment in these intricate interactions. We focus our efforts on crops and diseases important to subsistence farmers, for example the food crop, cassava. On the far left is a healthy cassava plant thriving in the field in Nigeria. In the middle is a bioluminescent reporter used to watch a pathogenic strain of Xanthomonas move through the vasculature of an infected cassava leaf. On the right, water droplets accumulate on the leaf surface, potentially providing a conducive environment for pathogen entry into a host.



Studying the interactions between plants, microbes and the environment

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