Host-Microbe Interactions

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.

New publication!

Some individuals were not very pleased with the findings reported in Savory et al (2017). We responded in a two-staged process, with a correction and a response to comments.

Congratulations to Michael Belcher

Michael Belcher, who graduated from OSU in 2017 and is now a graduate student at UC Berkeley, received an NSF GRFP. Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Savory, Skylar Fuller, and Dr. Alex Weisberg

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.

38th Annual Crown Gall Conference

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!

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Savory

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.

New Paper!

This paper was published by Kim Halsey's group. It was a fun collaboration in which we learned quite a bit about diatoms. This work was also featured on Science Friday. Congratulations to Eric Moore for his hard work.