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Yanmin Zhu

Molecular Biologist (Plants)

Research Program

Maximized exploitation of plant natural resistance to manage soilborne diseases, such as apple replant disease, is critical for reducing the soil input of chemical fumigants which negatively impact human health and environment. This research program is to understand the genetic controls and molecular mechanisms in roots of apple (or other tree fruit) as they are challenged with soilborne pathogens. Various functional genomics approaches are utilized to identify and validate specific apple genes for their regulatory roles contributing to disease resistance in apple root to soilborne necrotrophic replant pathogens.