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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Eric T Johnson

Research Molecular Biologist

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Phone: (309) 681-6177

1815 N. University St.

Peoria, IL. 61604


Laboratory Research

My laboratory works on identifying biological control strategies for fungal pathogens of US crops. A new project that started in 2016 is focused on artificially culturing downy mildew pathogens of maize, turfgrass and basil that can only grow on their respective plant hosts. Our knowledge of downy mildew pathogenesis of these plant hosts could be significantly advanced with pure cultures available in our laboratory.

Before our work in plant pathology, my laboratory was focused on identifying plant derived genes that could enhance insect resistance in maize. Many of these genes were tested for efficacy in transgenic plants. This experience with molecular biology and tissue culture will help our future efforts in power plant pathology project.

Work Experience

Research Molecular Biologist, Crop Bioprotection Research, USDA-ARS, Peoria, Illinois, 2004 to present.

Research Associate in Plant Molecular Biology, Crop Bioprotection Research, USDA-ARS, Peoria, Illinois, 2002-2003.

Research Associate in Immunology, School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University, 2000-2002.

Research Associate in Plant Molecular Biology, Kumho Life and Environmental Science Laboratory, Kwangju, South Korea, 1997-1999


Doctor of Philosophy in Horticulture, Washington State University, 1997

Master of Science in Botany, Washington State University, 1990

Bachelor of Arts in Genetics, UC Berkeley, 1988




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