Niklaus J. Grunwald
Ph.D., 1997, University of California, Davis
Office/Lab: USDA Horticultural Crops Research Unit
Phytophthora biology and management in nursery crops and ornamentals
Description of Research
Welcome to the Phytophthora research lab in Corvallis, OR. We are primarily interested in the epidemiology, genetics and evolution of exotic and reemerging Phytophthora species with a current emphasis on the sudden oak death pathogen P. ramorum.
The genus Phytophthora contains some of the most destructive plant pathogens affecting agricultural and forest crops. Important examples include P. ramorum, a devastating exotic pathogen causing sudden oak death, and P. infestans, known as the cause of the Irish potato famine.
Much of our work is conducted with a focus on application towards improving disease management in horticultural and ornamental crops.
Research Group Members
Faculty Research Assistants/Associates
Zhian Kamvar (PhD due 2016)
Zachary Foster (MCB PhD expected 2016)
Javier Tabima Restrepo (PhD expected 2019)