The first postdoc will join a team of investigators evaluating the impact of global migration of novel genotypes of the plant pathogenic fungus, Verticillium dahliae and the evolution of novel phenotypes responsible for Verticillium wilt of agricultural crops. This incumbent will investigate the impact of gene flow, selection, potential for sexual recombination, etc. in the evolution of the pathogen. Familiarity with contemporary molecular techniques and various genomic, population genetic and statistical tools in the elucidation of the evolutionary and genetic mechanisms in populations is required. Utilization of bioinformatics and computational tools in the exploration of sequenced genomes would be an added plus.
The second postdoc will combine individual pathogen control tactics with demonstrated potential and evaluate their impacts on the soil ecology of three major soilborne pathogens, Verticillium dahliae, Fusarium oxysporum and Macrophomina phaseolina, the incidence of strawberry wilts or crown rot caused by these pathogens, respectively, and their associations with soil fertility and microbial community structure in response to soil treatments. Expertise in molecular methods, including the analyses of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) to determine soil microbial diversity and community structure and sequence analyses of rDNA, experimental design and statistical analyses, and general techniques employed in plant pathology is required.