Todd Naumann has worked as a biochemist at ARS in Peoria since 2006. After receiving his B.S. in Botany at Eastern Illinois University, Dr. Naumann studied biochemical mechanisms of DNA transposition and developed synthetic biology methods at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After obtaining his Ph.D, he studied chemical biology at Penn State University, isolating cyclic peptide inhibitors of antibiotic target proteins. Dr. Naumann is currently a member of a team of scientists working to reduce mycotoxin contamination in food and feed crops. To achieve this goal, his research involves discovering and studing the important plant and fungal proteins that are present in the apoplast, the area between plant cells where disease-causing fungi grow. The goal is to disrupt key interactions between plant and fungal proteins in ways that favor the plant. This will result in less fungal growth on crops and reduce fungal toxins in harvested grain.
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Innovative Food and Feed Safety Research to Eliminate Mycotoxin Contamination in Corn and other Crops In-House Appropriated (D) Accession Number:438647