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Welcome to the Milgroom lab!

The overall goal of research in our lab is to understand the population biology of fungal plant pathogens.  Our activities include studies on classical genetics, population genetics, molecular biology and epidemiology of fungi.  Our goal is to address questions about population biology that integrate information from any of these types of studies. 

Research in our lab has been focused primarily on grape powdery mildew, caused by Erysiphe necator (syn. Uncinula necator), and the chestnut blight fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica.  We have also recently initiated studies on the epidemiology of aflatoxins and other mycotoxins in maize in East Africa. In addition, we have collaborated with other labs to work on a variety of other fungal plant pathogens and insect pathogens. 

More information on research

Recent results on sequencing the transcriptome of Erysiphe necator

Blight circa 1910

Chestnut blight on Long Island, New York, circa 1910 (Photo from Pennsylvania Chestnut Blight Commission, 1914).


healing canker in Italy

Superficial chestnut blight canker in Italy, showing effects of hypovirulence (Photo from P. Cortesi).