Kerry O’Donnell has worked as an ARS-USDA microbiologist at NCAUR in Peoria, Illinois since 1989. After receiving a B.S. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and Ph.D. from Michigan State University-East Lansing, he conducted postgraduate research at the University of Minnesota-St. Paul, Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Piscataway. Currently, Dr. O’Donnell collaborates with scientists at NCAUR that are conducting research on the following two projects: Genomic and Metabolomic Approaches for Detection and Control of Fusarium, Fumonisins and Other Mycotoxins on Corn, and Genomic Analyses and Management of Agricultural and Industrial Microbial Genetic Resources. The primary goals of this research are to develop molecular epidemiological tools for the rapid detection and identification of the most important fusarial pathogens of plants and humans, and to elucidate their toxin potential. These objectives are accomplished by collecting and analyzing comparative phylogenetic and phylogenomic data, by collaborating with fungal biologists and mycotoxin chemists in the Research Unit, and through collaborations with agricultural scientists worldwide.
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Management and Characterization of Agriculturally and Biotechnologically Important Microbial Genetic Resources and Associated Information In-House Appropriated (D) Accession Number:434131 Genomic and Metabolomic Approaches for Detection and Control of Fusarium, Fumonisins and Other Mycotoxins on Corn In-House Appropriated (D) Accession Number:438647 ARTS: A Phylogenetic Revisionary Monograph of the Genus Fusarium Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement (R) Accession Number:434360