Project Number: 8042-22000-298-05-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement
Start Date: Aug 1, 2016
End Date: Sep 30, 2017
ARS will develop and enhance expertise in taxonomy, systematics, and diagnostics. ARS will generate systematic and taxonomic information for microorganisms causing downy mildew diseases of Asteraceae plants.
ARS will generate improved methodology in diagnostics and systematics of plant pathogenic oomycetes. ARS will systematically evaluate the taxonomy of oomycete pathogens responsible for downy mildew disease affecting Asteraceae plants and generate molecular diagnostic tools. ARS will makes use of classical morphological approaches in combination with cutting edge molecular tools such as next generation sequencing, real-time PCR, droplet digital PCR, and loop-mediated isothermal amplification techniques in this project. This research will increase expertise and infrastructure in systematics and diagnostics of downy mildew-causing oomycetes and increase accuracy of pathogen identification. This project supports the USDA-ARS Systematic Mycology and Microbiology Laboratory mission to increase the knowledge and application of the systematics of fungi essential to solving problems in sustainable and conventional agriculture.