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Davis, Eric L

Entomology and Plant Pathology
919-515-7716 fax
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Our lab’s primary interest is with plant-parasitic (phyto)nematodes, but we are also interested in all aspects of host-parasite interactions. The main objective of our research is to combine information that we generate in both basic and applied investigations towards the goal of improving the control of plant-parasitic nematodes in agriculture. Our present research projects involve:

  1.  Identification and functional analyses of secreted nematode effector proteins
  2. Nematode genomics emphasizing parasitism gene expression and epigenetics
  3. Plant host cellular and molecular targets and responses to nematode effectors
  4. Plant resistance to nematodes, both conventional and bioengineered

Molecular Biology | Plant Physiology | Crop Production | Nematology | Plant Pathology
Country(s) of experience:
Australia | Belgium | Brazil | China-Peoples Rep | Costa Rica | France | Israel | Morocco | Netherlands | New Zealand | United Kingdom
Type(s) of International Experience:
Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Visiting faculty
Molecular Plant-Nematode Interactions Development project
01/01/1900 - 12/31/2018
Funding Agency/Sponsor:
Institutional Partner: The James Hutton Institute, United Kingdom | Universiteit Gent (UGent) (Ghent University), Belgium | Wageningen University and Research Centre (Wageningen UR), Netherlands

Broad Spectrum Resistance to Root-knot Nematodes in Transgenic Cucurbits Development project
01/01/2008 - 12/31/2012
Funding Agency/Sponsor: U.S. - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)
Institutional Partner:

Project Collaborations:
Optimization and Deployment: Nutrient-Rich Biodegradable Matrix for Crop Protection
11/29/2018 - 05/31/2022
Funding Agency/Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Institutional Partner: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Nairobi