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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

TMRU Support Scientists
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Dorothy M. Hinton

Ph: (706) 546-3195
FAX: (706) 546-3116

M.S. Atlanta University, Biology

B.S. Alcorn A&M College, Biology

I am a support microbiologist in the Toxicology and Mycotoxin Research Unit, Richard B. Russell Research Center, Athens, GA. My interests include studying the nature of fungal and bacterial interactions in plants. The fungus of interest, Fusarium verticillioides, can live within plants as a symptomless infection referred to as an endophytic infection. The fungus and the toxins it produces adversely affect animal and human health, and lower the value of agricultural commodities.  Studies are conducted on the ecological production and accumulation of Fusarium-specific toxins, and the reduction and prevention of these toxins in planta, primarily through biological control strategies using an endophytic bacterium, Bacillus mojavensis.


Dr. Maurice Snook


Ph: (706) 546-3405

FAX: (706) 546-3116


Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, Chemistry

B.S. Drexel University, Chemistry


Dr. Snook is the Support Chemist for TMRU and is responsible for the analysis of fungal toxins that are important for food safety.  Research is centered on fumonisin B1, deoxynivalinol and ochratoxin, among others, and the development of new and improved isolation and quantitation methodologies.





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