Bruce A. McDonald

Bruce A. McDonald

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland

ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Fields of major interest are population genetics and evolutionary biology of plant pathogens, pathogen origins and phylogeography, pathogen-plant coevolution, experimental evolution, resistance gene conservation and utilization, disease resistance in small-grains, and plant breeding. Current research focuses on the evolutionary ecology of fungal pathogens, determining the correlation between diversity for ecologically relevant quantitative characters and diversity for DNA-based genetic marker systems (QST/FST comparisons), and using population genomics (QTL mapping, GWAS, genome scans) to identify genes involved in virulence, fungicide resistance, stress tolerance and thermal adaptation.  Major experimental systems include the wheat diseases Septoria tritici blotch caused by Zymoseptoria tritici, Stagonospora nodorum blotch caused by Parastagonospora nodorum, wheat blast caused by Pyricularia graminis-tritici, and the barley scald disease caused by Rhynchosporium commune.

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Molecular pathogen-host interactions

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Bruce McDonald Using population genomics to identify the genetic determinants of pathogen adaptation James Alfano The suppression of plant immunity by Pseudomonas syringae