Dept. of Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology

Jiasui Zhan

Population genetics and evolution of plant pathogens

My research focuses on the disease epidemiology and population genetics and evolutionary ecology of plant pathogens. In the research, I use the combination of DNA based molecular techniques, population survey, experimental evolution in field and greenhouse sets and computer modelling to assess the molecular and functional variations of plant pathogens and determine their response to changing environments such as climates, host cultivars, chemical applications, and deployment of resistance genes. The ultimate goal of the research is to understand the roles played by various evolutionary forces in the molecular and functional diversity of agriculturally important pathogens, the evolutionary ecology of host-pathogen interaction and exploit environmentally, ecologically and economically friendly ways to sustainably manage plant diseases according to the knowledge of disease epidemiology and pathogen evolution.


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