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Terpenoids are a diverse class of plant natural products that function as plant hormones, act in plant defense responses and provide structural support to membranes. In addition, terpenoids are commercially valued as essential oils, flavors, fragrances and pharmaceutical drugs. Furano-terpenes isolated from Ipomoea batatas are produced in response to fungal infection. Because of their anti-fungal activities, these terpenes may be particularly useful as new anti-fungal treatments. We are interested in identifying genes involved in the biosynthesis of these compounds. We are currently ... Read more

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Wolbachia is a widely-distributed, obligate, intracellular parasite belonging to the alpha-proteobacteria group, sharing features with Rickettsiae-like microorganisms. It is a bacterial endosymbiont whose presence can influence the sex ratio of many arthropod and nematode offspring by a number of different mechanisms. Its impacts on bio-control and speciation have made the study of Wolbachia invaluable. In order to gain insight into the potential impact of this host-parasite interaction on changes in select populations in Kentucky, we set out to characterize a sampling of Wolbachia strains ... Read more
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