Project Description :
The turf pathology lab is looking for motivated independent study students interested in plant pathology to work on projects involving mycology and microbiology of the turf grass pathogen Sclerotinia homoeocarpa. This particular turfgrass pathogen has developed resistance to multiple fungicide classes and we have established a large collection of isolates from resistance screening for golf courses. The Jung lab researches topics such as fungicide resistance detection, heterokaryosis, molecular mechanisms of fungicide resistance and nematology. The student would be required to perform the following duties: growing media preparation, culturing, sterile technique and other lab duties. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of research approaches, spanning from in vitro growth assays, DNA extraction to qPCR. Prior lab experience is preferred, but is not required. Undergraduates will have an opportunity to contribute to laboratory research and work with an interesting pathogen that has many scientific questions waiting to be answered.