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Department of Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture
Dr. Xiao’s research interests center on understanding and engineering plant resistance against fungal pathogens. Globally, up to 15% of crop losses are due to pathogens, including fungi. The Xiao lab has developed model systems to study powdery mildew on diverse plant species including barley, grape, strawberry, tomato, and Arabidopsis. These pathosystems have given the Xiao laboratory the ability to conduct molecular, genetic, and evolutionary studies of plant-powdery mildew interactions in order to develop mildew-resistant crop plants.