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JOYCE LOPER RECEIVES USDA-ARS DISTINGUISHED SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD

Joyce Loper is a world leader in developing biological controls for plant diseases and has helped shape the direction of the field for the past three decades. She was among the first scientists to employ molecular techniques to solve problems in plant pathology and is known for her research of the complex molecular mechanisms underpinning biological control.

She studies plant-microbe and insect-microbe interactions with an emphasis on plant-associated bacteria that suppress plant diseases. She is using a combination of genomics, chemistry and ecological approaches to identify new antibiotics produced by these bacteria, evaluate their toxicities to plant pathogens and insects, and study gene expression by bacteria living in natural environments. Through these approaches, she is seeking new strategies to manage plant diseases through biological control.

Joyce Loper's USDA-ARS Horticultural Crops Research Unit page