We are characterizing the genetic variability of F. virguliforme populations in Iowa using a range of molecular methods, and evaluating the relationship of genetic variation with aggressiveness on soybean. We are also developing realtime PCR tools to detect and quantify the SDS pathogen in soil and we are conducting a survey of the pathogen in Iowa soils.
Publications, abstracts and presentations
Delgado, P., Mbofung, G. and L. Leandro. 2008. Temperature and light effects on growth and sporulation of four isolates of Fusarium virguliforme. Phytopathology 98:S45.
Mbofung, G., Fessehai, A. and L. Leandro. 2008. Quantification of F. virguliforme in field soil using TaqMan real-time polymerase chain reaction. Phytopathology 98:S101
Mbofung, G. Harrington, T., Steimel, J., Yang, X.B., Navi, S.S., L. Leandro. 2008. Understanding differential virulence within Fusarium virguliforme using multiloci fingerprint analyses. Phytopathology 98:S101.