Welcome to our webpage! Our research program uses molecular, genetic, genomic, cell biology, and computational methods to study the interactions between plants and their symbionts. We focus primarily on plant pathogenic bacteria and the molecular dialog that is exchanged with its warring partners. Follow the "research" tab for brief comments on what we study. Links to publications are provided. We are also highly collaborative and our research includes topics such as microbial signaling, mRNA processing, and the study of other types of plant-pathogenic organisms.
A paper by these three co-first authors was published today in Elife. There are three main take home messages in this paper: 1) A virulence plasmid is sufficient to transition beneficial Rhodococcus to pathogenic Rhodococcus, 2) In a nursery setting, the movement of plasmids and the movement of pathogenic cells explain transmission patterns, and 3) The conclusion that virulence gene-lacking Rhodococcus are the causative agent of a newly described syndrome of pistachio may have been incorrectly diagnosed.
We hosted the 38th Annual Crown Gall conference in Corvallis, OR on Oct 7-8. Tribute to Larry Moore. Keynote by Eugene Nester and Robert Horsch. Loads of great talks. Student speakers were amazing. Two wonderful dinner banquets. Toured three wineries. Simply a great time. We enjoyed having everyone here and we hope they had a great time!
Dr. Savory accepted the position of Plant Health Manager for the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Congrats and best wishes as she transitions to overseeing a team responsible for keeping Oregon's agricultural products healthy.
Ed successfully defended his thesis. Congrats on a job well done!
Skylar successfully defended her Master's thesis! She was a student in the Accelerated Master's platform. It allowed her to take graduate level courses in her last year as an undergraduate. Some of the credits applied to both her undergraduate degree and to her Master's degree. In this, the following "+1" year, Skylar completed her course work, completed her research, and completed a thesis. Great job!
The Chang lab received a Small Grants 2017 award from the Research Office.