Soilborne Disease Ecology Lab
The Pennsylvania State University
Plant Pathology & Environmental Microbiology Department
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We investigate how soilborne pathogens drive plant disease dynamics across time and space.
Community Ecology – We are interested in researching how fungal and oomycete pathogens shape microbial community diversity, structure, and function within the root and soil.
Ecological Interactions – From using high throughput DNA amplicon sequencing and metagenomics to comparative genomics, we strive to understand how pathogenicity and ecological disturbance drive the complex interactions between hosts, microbiomes, and the environment.
Disease Management – We also work closely with extension specialists, growers, and land managers to test sustainable soil management practices to encourage plant and soil health.
Fieldwork – Our field sites span ecosystem types and locations, from coastal forests and dune ecosystems in California to farms and vineyards in Pennsylvania.
Principal Investigator – Sharifa G. Crandall, PhD – firstname.lastname@example.org
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