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Welcome to Eric Nelson's lab!

The overall goal of my research program is to understand the ecological interactions of oomycetes with plants and other soil organisms. Our work focuses on plant pathogenic Pythium species and their interactions with plant-associated microbes. Taking advantage of principals and concepts of population and community ecology as well as applying the tools of molecular and cellular biology and genomics, our work focuses the following research areas:

1) Developmental ecology of pre-infection responses of Pythium species to plants
2) The nature of compost-induced Pythium suppressive soils
3) Soil-plant feedback mechanisms regulating oomycete community structure and plant species invasions.

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Pythium oospores in plant roots

Pythium oospores in plant roots

Germinating hyphal swellings of Pythium ultimum