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Research in the McHale lab focuses on the characterization and manipulation of natural variation in crop plants, primarily soybean and chile peppers. Our goals are to identify the genes conferring disease resistance, yield, and quality traits and, in soybean, examine how best to integrate these alleles for the development of improved varieties. To accomplish these goals, we use new technologies and a cross-disciplinary approach, which includes genetics and genomics, evolutionary studies, bioinformatics, and plant pathology. 

News

  1. Stephanie Karhoff receives OARDC SEEDS grant

    Jul 17, 2018

    Stephanie Karhoff was awarded an OARDC SEEDS grant for her work “Identifying stages of Phytophthora sojae pathogenesis affected by a major quantitative resistance locus in soybean.” Her work will promote the development of new disease resistant cultivars and improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying partial resistance. Congratulations, Stephanie!

  2. ASTA Better Seed, Better Life Video Contest, 2nd Place Winner: Stephanie Karhoff

    Nov 30, 2017

    Stephanie Karhoff (Ph.D. candidate, Translational Plant Sciences Graduate Program) was awarded second place for her "Better Seed, Better Life" video which features the importance of marker assisted selection in plant breeding.

  3. William Rolling receives OARDC SEEDS award

    May 17, 2017

    William Rolling was awarded an OARDC SEEDS grant for his work on "Identifying a quantitative resistance gene for Phytophthora Root Rot resistance in soybean".  Congratulations, Bill!