Cowger, Christina

Entomology and Plant Pathology
christina_cowger@ncsu.edu
919-513-7388
919-856-4816 fax
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Dr. Cowger investigates the biology, epidemiology, and population genetics of economically important small grain pathogens. Her goal is to contribute to improved, sustainable management practices. Her program interacts closely with breeders, extension personnel, and other pathology and population genetics groups in the eastern U.S. and beyond.

Dr. Cowger has expertise in pathogen adaptation to host resistance; host genotype diversity and its effects on pathogen populations; and epidemiological and disease management implications of pathogen population structure.

Her group conducts research in the laboratory, greenhouse, and at multiple field locations. The lab uses molecular techniques to investigate species identity, phylogeny, population structure, and pathogen life cycles. Epidemiological modeling and classical field-plot research are also carried out.

 
Expertise:
  Plant Genomics and Genetics | Plant Pathology
Country(s) of experience:
  China-Peoples Rep | France | Germany | Israel | Switzerland
Type(s) of International Experience:
  Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Other international activities | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty
Language(s):
  French | German | Spanish
Projects:
  International genetic structure of wheat powdery mildew populations
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2014
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) | Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Institutional Partner: Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) | Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Germany | Universität Zürich (UZH) (University of Zurich), Switzerland
  Relatedness of wheat powdery mildew isolates from domesticated wheat and its wild progenitor
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2014
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
Institutional Partner: Agricultural Research Organization (ARO), Israel