The research conducted in my laboratory is focused on the population biology and ecology of the sugarbeet cyst nematode (Heterodera schachtii). We also do some research on the root-knot (Meloidogyne) nematodes. We are investigating nematode ecology within the applied context of environmentally-sound nematode management. My research program can be separated into two primary areas:
(1) nematode population biology and
(2) the interaction between plant-parasitic nematodes and their host plants that are nonhosts or poor hosts. This research is justified because future sustainable nematode management will require combined use of resistance, nonhost plants, biological control, and nematicides. Bringing together effective combinations of tactics will require a quantitative understanding of population-level responses to various environmental stresses. I am attempting to develop a program that maintains a balance between basic (population dynamics and population genetics) and applied (cropping systems and nematode management) research.
I) POPULATION BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY OF Heterodera schachtii
II) THE INTERACTION BETWEEN PLANT-PARASITIC NEMATODES AND PLANTS THAT ARE NONHOSTS OR POOR HOSTS