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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Dr. Patricia A. Okubara
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Dr. Patricia A. Okubara

Research Geneticist (Plants)

patricia.okubara@ars.usda.gov

Education:

UCLA. PhD in Biology, 1992.

University of California, Davis. BS in Biochemistry, 1974.

Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA. AA, 1972.

Experience:

2001-present. USDA-ARS Root Disease and Biological Control Research Unit, Pullman, WA. Research Geneticist (Plants).

2001-present. Department of Plant Pathology, Washington State University. Adjunct Faculty.

2003-present. Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Program, Washington State University. Adjunct Faculty.

1997-2001. USDA-ARS, Albany, CA.  Postdoctoral Associate.

1995-1997. Department of Environmental Horticulture, University of California, Davis.  Visiting Scientist.

1992-1995. Department of Vegetable Crops, University of California, Davis.  Postdoctoral Fellow.

Professional Societies:

American Phytopathological Society

American Society of Plant Biologists

Research

Expertise and Scientific Interests:

  • Plant defense gene expression and defense pathways
  • Genomic approaches to understanding root-pathogen and root-biocontrol interactions
  • Bioinformatics and comparative genomics of Ggt, the take-all pathogen of wheat
  • Real-time PCR of soilborne pathogens and nematodes

Current Research:

Inheritance and molecular basis of Rhizoctonia tolerance in EMS-treated and perennial wheat genotypes

Defense gene expression in wheat roots during interactions with beneficial and pathogenic microbes

Characterization of new Pseudomonas strains having multi-inhibitory activities against soilborne fungal pathogens and nematodes

Development of real-time PCR diagnostics for soilborne pathogens and pests

Comparative genomics of the Magnaporthaceae, with focus on the take-all pathogen of wheat

Function of the jasmonate pathway in wheat root innate immunity

Management of Rhizoctonia root rot and other root diseases of wheat and rotation crops

Updated December 2011

Current ARS Cooperative Research


Last Modified: 12/14/2011
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