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Dr. Maria Ragland Davis
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
     
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Research Description

My research focus has been to initially identify novel factors, proteinacious or chemical, which contribute to the fitness of the plant pathogenic fungus, Botrytis cinerea. We are using a combination of tools including a bioinformatic analysis of the known genome sequence and LC-MS mass spectrometry to analyze the secretome of the organism upon exposure to various plant tissues. The LC-MS/MS analysis of various protein secretions is currently being performed in collaboration with Ron Orlando’s lab at the University of Georgia. The hypothesis that we are proposing is that the mechanism of pathogen attacks on host plants may be initially defined with the secretion of key proteins and chemicals that breach the plant cell wall as an initial barrier to the fungus’ attack on its host.

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