Mengiste, Tesfaye D

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Crops with Increased Resistance to Fungal Disease
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Mengiste, Tesfaye D


Dr. Tesfaye Mengiste is an Associate Department Head of Research and Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University. He earned his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology from Friedrich-Miescher Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland. He was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar in 2015. Dr. Mengiste's research interests include arabidopsis immune response signaling, including the role of receptor kinases, transcription regulators and co-regulators, and chromatin modification in fungal and bacterial resistance; molecular mechanisms of tomato resistance to fungal pathogens, with a focus on role of receptor like kinases, regulators of induced systemic resistance to gray mold disease caused by Botrytis cinerea and early blight caused by Alternaria solani; and genetic improvement of sorghum for resistance to fungal pathogens and mechanisms of sorghum resistance to the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica.

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