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Jim Cervantes

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Jim Cervantes

Web page:
https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jim-cervantes/15/665/ba1

 Lab member: 2006-2008.
Position Postdoctoral Scholar
Education B.S. Biology - Universidad Nacional de San Agustin, 1995
M.S. Horticulture - North Carolina State University, 2000
Ph.D. Plant Breeding and Genetics - North Carolina State University, 2006
Research Topic Resistance to verticillium wilt in lettuce, and use of genomic techniques for studying the inheritance and nature of resistance in lettuce.
Research Summary Current lettuce cultivars are susceptible to verticillium wilt, disease that is spreading and could threaten the lettuce industry. To date, no complete resistance has been yet reported in lettuce. To address this issue, my research will focus in searching for resistance genes to this pathogen in the Lactuca germplasm. Additionally, I will be using those known sequences from other species (e.g. tomato or sunflower) to search for homologous genes in Lactuca. We believe that upon identification, we could incorporate these genes of interest into the cultivated lettuce, either by the introgression of major genes or by pyramiding several genes with minor effects. Alternatively, we are planning to introduce resistance genes from other plant sources into lettuce in case of absence of resistance genes in the available germplasm.
Other activities will include screening germplasm for Botrytis and Fusarium resistance, and standardization of the screening methodology for their implementing in the lettuce breeding program.
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