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Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology

Bonello Lab

Bonello Lab

Our lab is engaged in understanding the molecular and chemical, local and systemic, mechanisms of tree resistance to fungal pathogens and insect herbivores.  Both endemic and exotic invasive pest species are included in our work on three major tree genera: pine, oak, and ash.

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Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are byproducts of fundamental metabolic processes in plants. Abiotic stress, such as drought, elevates production of ROS.

The emerald ash borer (Agrilus planipennis) is an invasive wood-boring beetle that has killed millions of ash trees since its accidental introduction to North America.  All North American ash species (Fraxinus spp.) that emerald...