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Nematode Effector Biology

Plant Peptide Hormone Mimicry

Plant Resistance & Nematode Virulence


Media Relations (selected)

Videos:

Missouri Soybeans: 2017 Soy School
September 27, 2017

Learning on Different Levels: New outreach program teaches CAFNR students to make plant science knowledge accessible to a younger audience.
May 2, 2016

Protecting Yield: SCN Management
March 14, 2016

#Sciku: Science and Wordplay
October 9, 2014

Researchers attempting to get the upper hand on nematodes
October 21, 2015

Uncovering the root of soybean cyst nematode resistance
October 15, 2012

News Articles:

Invisible pest causes more than $1 billion in crop losses by taking control of plants’ natural processes
By Maria M. Lameiras for CAES News
January 4, 2020

Fighting a financially taxing pathogen: Researchers at MU and the University of Georgia published a paper related to an underutilized source of resistance in soybean genotype Peking.
June 3, 2020

Transformative learning: CAES faculty innovate in virtual instruction during COVID-19 crisis
May 14, 2020

New Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance Type to be Released 
04-02-2020

Yield Quest: How to Stop Soybean Cyst Nematode
11.11.2009  Article

Researchers ID New Resistance Genes for Soybean Cyst Nematode
Sound Bite

Battling an unseen pest
April 13, 2018

From undergrads to scientists
Jan 9, 2018

SCN-fighting tools losing edge: Professor
December 29, 2017

Women Power At Bond LSC
Aug 31, 2017

Nematodes: they’re molecular mimics
July 14, 2017

Chemical persuasion: Scientists prove parasite mimics key plant peptide to feed off roots
Feb 10, 2017

Soybean Cyst Nematodes steals $1.2 billion annually from producers
Survey shows only 34% of soybean growers know of SCN problems
Aug 30, 2016

What’s in the spit? KBIA, Columbia’s NPR station at 91.3 FM.
Feb 26, 2016

How nematodes ‘customize’ the crops they eat
October 16th, 2015

Understanding spit: Scientists find how nematodes use key hormones to take over root cells
Oct 8, 2015

Big Honor for Study of Little Pest: Melissa Mitchum receives award from American Phytopathological Society
May 26, 2015

Translating soybean cyst nematode research
Mar 30, 2015

Fellow Communicators: CAFNR program brings its researchers’ communication skills to the highest level
June 13, 2014

Soybean breakthroughs coming on strong
July 7, 2013

Mystery of Nematode Pest-Resistant Soybeans Cracked by MU Scientists: Gene related to soybeans’ resistance to nematodes also correlates with human diseases
Oct. 15, 2012

Solving the SCN Mystery: Soybeans’ resistance to nematodes is determined
October 15, 2012

Little Bean, Big Money : CAFNR research boosts productivity in a $3 billion industry
June 8, 2012

Battling a Soy Pest : Researchers receive grant to continue fight against cyst nematodes
April 26, 2012

Lair of the Roundworm
Fall 2010

Finding a stronger soybean : New National Science Foundation grant focuses on resistance genes in soybean
January 28, 2009

Roots of deception: Researchers work to nix the nematode
Nov 21, 2008