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Jamie Calma

Characterization of Resistance to Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato in Tomato

We developed a high-throughput seedling flood assay to identify wild species of tomato that are resistant against Pseudomonas syringae, a bacterial pathogen that causes disease in a broad range of plant species. The screen identified multiple accessions of wild tomato with varying degrees of resistance to the pathogen. We are characterizing and mapping the resistance phenotype in lines of interest, in order to identify the causative genes. Our work will identify new sources of genetic resistance to the plant pathogen in tomato.

Message to Sponsor

URAP has given me a space to grow more as a student and an undergraduate researcher. As I exit my undergraduate years, this summer opportunity allows me to further develop skills I will utilize to succeed in my future endeavors, while contributing to science, which is something I am passionate about. I am truly grateful for the support given that allow students such as myself to be given this opportunity.
  • Major: Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Mentor: Jennifer Lewis, Plant & Microbial Biology