MPM / Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology
Current Research Projects
Genetic Control of DON and other Mycotoxins in Wheat, Barley and Corn
Identify genetic factors regulating the production of deoxynivalenol (DON) and other trichothecene mycotoxins by pathogens of cereal crops to increase disease resistance and reduce toxin contamination of food and feed.
Protective Endophytes of Corn
Identify beneficial microbes and gene products that elicit or suppress a plant defense response, inhibit the growth of destructive fungal pathogens, or silence genes critical to mycotoxin synthesis.
Genetic Control of Fumonisin Mycotoxin Contamination in Corn
Identify genes involved in the biosynthesis of fumonisins and related mycotoxins so that control strategies can be developed to reduce fumonisin contamination of foods and animal feed.
Innovative Materials for Use in Mycotoxin Detection
Development of new sensors, instruments, antibodies, and novel polymer materials for rapid mycotoxin detection and quantification in crops, food products, and animal tissues.
Comparative Genomic Systems for Molecular Detection and Control of Toxigenic Fusaria
Determination of plant-pathogen diversity and development of novel technologies to limit mycotoxin contamination of cereals and to prevent the introduction into the U.S. of foreign plant pathogens with novel toxin potential.
Management of Agricultural and Biotechnological Microbial Resources in the ARS Culture Collection
Support agricultural production, economic development, and biotechnological innovation by acquiring, characterizing, maintaining, and distributing microbial strains of agricultural and biotechnological significance to scientists in private industry, government, and academia.