DR. TOM HSIANG, CURRENT PROJECTS, Fall 2015

In the Turf & Tree Pathology / Fungal Comparative Genomics laboratory at the University of Guelph, we are working toward a better understanding of the basic biology of some fungal pathogens causing diseases of grasses and trees. Recent research has been directed toward genomics, molecular ecology and specific detection of fungi, in addition to biology of low temperature fungi and biological control of turfgrass snow molds.  Projects in this lab range from the molecular level to field studies to genomics, and these include:

Sexual reproduction & mating genes in the fungus Sclerotinia homoeocarpa
Fungal genome sequencing and assembly
(Prof. Tom Hsiang & Lab Assistants)
Fungal effectors and their role in plant disease
    (M.Sc. student Craig Moore, started F14)
Effects of climate change on plant disease resistance activation
Management of snow mould diseases of grasses
    (M.Sc. student Sara Stricker, started Feb 2015)
Sensitivity to fungicides in populations of the dollar spot fungus
(M.Sc. student Anne-Miet van den Nieuwelaar started W13, finished April 2015)
(Visiting Professor Dr. Chilly [Qili] Li, November 2014 to November 2015)
Activated Resistance Against Disease, Heat and Drought stress in grasses
    (Visiting Professor Dr. Sunny Sun, November 2014 to November 2015)
Biological control of wheat diseases
    (Ph.D. Student Abdo Abaya, started May 2015)
Gene expression and Induced resistance against plant diseases
    (postdoc)