The incumbent will be assigned to the Small Grains Fungal Pathology Laboratory in West Lafayette, Indiana. The long-term goal of the Small Grains Fungal Pathology Laboratory is to increase the levels of resistance to fungal pathogens of wheat and other grain crops. The incumbent will explore the possibility to employ decoy engineering as a means to develop novel disease resistance in grain crops.Learn more about this agency
**ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED OR UNTIL JULY 6, 2022 WHEN THE ANNOUNCEMENT CLOSES **
- Test the efficacy of ?decoy? engineering to alter the recognition specificity of existing resistance pathways such that they may provide resistance to fungal pathogens of wheat and barley.
- Utilize the techniques of molecular genetics and molecular plant pathology to develop novel disease resistance activities in wheat and other crop plants.
- Analyze the mechanisms of host resistance in wheat and other cereal grains to Fusarium graminearum and other fungal pathogens.
- Identify and functionally characterize disease resistance genes from cereal grains.
- Identify and functionally characterize effector proteins from fungal pathogens of cereal grains.
- Cooperate with team members to elucidate host-pathogen interactions.
Occasional travel - Local and domestic travel travel will be required for field work and to attend training and scientific meetings and conferences.
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