Understanding Tree Resistance

  • Our goal is to use molecular biology to increase our understanding of tree resistance and better prepare for a rapid response to future forest threats
  • Our research focuses on the fundamental mechanisms of resistance to biotic and abiotic stress in trees, especially invasive diseases and insects
  • Our work will involve the development of new genetic tools for improving trees and the introduction of resistant genotypes to tree breeding programs

Focal species will include white oak (below) and other trees threatened by invasive pathogens and insects.

white oak

Photo credit: Paul Wray, Iowa State University, Bugwood.org