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Christopher Clarke

Research Plant Pathologist


Biographical Information

Dr. Christopher Clarke has been with the Genetic Improvement of Fruits and Vegetables Laboratory since 2017, researching diseases of importance to the United States potato industry.  He conducts research to characterize the diversity of plant pathogen populations and determine key plant determinates of disease resistance and susceptibility. His research program has the goal of developing new tools for the control of agronomically important diseases of potato.

He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Plant Pathology at Virginia Tech where he researched the bacterial plant pathogens Pseudomonas syringae, Ralstonia solanacearum, Xanthomonas euvesicatoria and parasitic weeds in the family Orobanchaceae.   

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