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Bird, David M

Entomology and Plant Pathology
919-515-9500 fax
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Dr. Bird’s research interests include: nematode biology and development; genome organization and evolution; structure-function relationships; host-parasite interactions; evolution of parasitism; host responses and resistance/susceptibility to pathogens; plant development.

The primary focus of his research group is to understand the mechanisms underlying parasitic interactions between nematodes and plants. David was a pioneer in framing the key questions in the context of nematode and host development. Together with collaborators world-wide, his group has been instrumental in establishing the root-knot nematode, Meloidogyne hapla, as the preeminent genetic system to model less-tractable nematode-host interactions, and as a platform for comparative genomics (www.hapla.org). His current program also emphasizes vaccine development for malaria-like diseases of cats and dogs.

Bioinformatics | Plant Genomics and Genetics | Biochemistry | Molecular Biology | Structural Biology | Crop Production | Nematology | Plant Pathology
Country(s) of experience:
Australia | India | Israel | United Kingdom
Type(s) of International Experience:
Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Visiting faculty | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty
Research Focus:

Developing tools for plant-parasitic nematode control on food, fiber and energy crops.

The role of metagenomic diversity on PPN and potential biocontrol agents Research project
01/01/2020 - 06/30/2023
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)
Institutional Partner:

A Road Map Towards Effective Management of Plant-Parasitic Nematodes by 2025 Training/Workshop
05/07/2016 - 12/31/2017
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF)
Institutional Partner: Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), India

Newly discovered regulatory peptides underpin root organogenesis, environmental sensing, symbiosis and nematode parasitism Research project
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2015
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Institutional Partner: Australian National University (ANU), Australia

Circadian rhythms in plants and parasites Training/Workshop
01/01/2015 - 12/31/2015
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Institutional Partner: University of Adelaide, Australia

Centre of Excellence for Integrated Legume Research Research project
01/01/2004 - 12/31/2010
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Institutional Partner: Australian National University (ANU), Australia | University of Melbourne, Australia | University of Queensland (UQ), Australia

Collaborative Research Research project
01/01/2003 - 12/31/2008
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Murdoch University (MU), Australia

Nematology Research Research project
01/01/2002 - 12/31/2005
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom