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While most plants are resistant to most pathogens, when disease does occur, it can be devastating to farmers and consumers. Pesticides are often employed in an attempt to limit spread, further adding to the total cost of disease. The Bart lab focuses on exploring natural genetic diversity and exploiting identified phenotypic traits for sustainable crop improvement. The 21st century is a transformative time to be a geneticist with an affinity for agriculture because modern molecular biology tools can be readily applied to genetically intractable organisms. The disease triangle of plant pathology tells us that the host, the pathogen as well as the environment affect the observed severity of a given disease.

Mentoring

The Bart Lab has an intentional culture of working hard and playing hard. We are passionate about our scientific pursuits; Curiosity and a love of science drives us to work hard. At the same time, we respect work life balance. Our unofficial motto, "Do less, well," is meant to emphasize that we value quality over quantity. Diversity, equity and inclusion are important values for the Bart Lab. We actively cultivate an environment where everyone feels comfortable, supported and valued. No jerks allowed. For more info on our lab culture, please visit our webpage: beckybartlab.org  

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  • PhD/MSTP Students

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