Christopher Mundt

Professor
mundtc [at] science.oregonstate.edu

Office: 541-737-5256 x5257

Cordley Hall

Cordley Hall 3040/3039

2701 SW Campus Way

2701 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Plant disease epidemiology; host plant resistance; population genetics of plant pathogens; effects of plant genetic diversity on disease and productivity; sustainable agriculture.

Successes in breeding disease-resistant crops have often been countered by the ability of plant pathogen populations to evolve greater virulence. My research program focuses on development of strategies to increase the durability of host plant resistance. Specific interests include studying the influence of host genetic diversity on plant disease epidemics and using quantitative and population genetic approaches to analyze host-parasite interactions. The program has both basic and applied objectives, and utilizes a variety of methodologies including field experiments, controlled environment studies, and computational approaches.

A major, current project uses wheat stripe rust as a model for studying invasive plant, animal, and human pathogens that spread via long-distance dispersal. Questions being addressed include issues of spatial scaling, effects of landscape heterogeneity, and influence of initial epidemic conditions on disease spread. This project involves large-scale field experiments and a variety of computational approaches.

A second major project is in collaboration with cereal breeding colleagues. This project seeks to use QTL analyses to elucidate genetics of resistance to several diseases of complex inheritance, and to develop molecular breeding strategies for cereal diseases of importance in the Pacific Northwest.

Research Group Members

Faculty Research Assistants/Associates

  • Kathryn Sackett

Graduate Students

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Dolores Vazquez
  • Paul Severns

Undergraduate Researcher

  • Emily Sykes

Profile Field Tabs

At OSU
Affiliated with: 
Ag Botany / Plant Path
Courses Taught: 

BOT 550 PLANT PATHOLOGY

BOT 552 PLANT DISEASE MANAGEMENT

BOT 668 PLANT DISEASE DYNAMICS

My Publications