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Eric T Johnson

Research Molecular Biologist


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CONTACT

Phone: (309) 681-6177

Fax: 309-681-6693

Room: 3109B/3108

 

USDA ARS NCAUR

1815 N University

Peoria, IL 61604

EDUCATION

PhD, Horticulture, Washington State University, 1997

MS, Botany, Washington State University, 1990

BA, Genetics, UC Berkeley, 1988

AREA OF EXPERTISE
My laboratory works on identifying biological control strategies for mildew and fungal pathogens of US crops.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Our primarily project focuses on artificially culturing downy mildew pathogens of maize, turfgrass and basil that can only grow on their respective plant hosts. Our knowledge of and control strategies for downy mildew disease on these plant hosts could be significantly advanced with pure cultures. 

Our secondary project involves the identification of control strategies of a fungus that infects onions.  We have identified some bacteria that produce compounds that inhibit the growth of this fungus. RNA interference control strategies are also being explored.

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PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS

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

LAB MEMBERS / SUPPORT STAFF / VISITING SCIENTISTS

Current:

            Mark Doehring, MS (Biological Science Laboratory Technician)

Alumni:

            Kay Shopinski,Technician 2004-2008 (Currently at Monsanto, St. Louis)

COLLABORATION / COOPERATION:

National:

            Richard Michelmore, UC Davis

Foreign:

            Ashwini P. Benke, ICAR Directorate of Onion and Garlic Research, India.

INVITED CONFERENCE LECTURES AND DEPARTMENTAL SEMINARS

2003    Invited presentation entitled “Plant anthocyanin insect feeding deterrents” at the Art Niesh Young Investigator Symposium,  Phytochemical Society of North America Annual Meeting, Peoria, Illinois. 

2007    Invited presentation entitled “Transgenic phenolic production in maize silks moderately enhances insect resistance” in a symposium on Functional Plant Phenolics, 233rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society, Chicago, Illinois.

2007    Invited to write book chapter “Genetically Modified Plants: New Research Trends” by Editor-in-Chief of Nova Science Publishers.

2009    Invited to present a seminar entitled "Can anthocyanins function as insect resistance molecules?" in the Biology Department, Western Illinois University.

2011    Invited to present a seminar entitled "Use of computer algorithms to discover novel regulatory elements of a plant biosynthetic pathway" in the Computer Science Department, Old Dominion University.

2012    Invited to present a seminar entitled "Discovery of novel insect resistance mechanisms for use in plants" in the Biological Sciences Department, Illinois State University.

2014    Invited to present a seminar entitled "Discovery of insect resistance mechanisms for use in plants" in the Biology Department, Bradley University.

2017    Invited to present a seminar entitled "Characterization of novel insect and fungal resistance proteins of maize and sorghum" in the Chemistry Department at Pukyong National University, South Korea and in the Biology Department at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.