New Research Project on Strawberry Anthracnose

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In the fall of 2016, Jose Guillermo Chacon-Jimenez, “Memo” started his PhD at NC State University. He is working with Gina Fernandez and Frank Louws on a breeding project that will be looking at hemibiotrophic resistance to anthracnose caused by C. gleosporoides (crown rot) and C. acutatum (fruit and sometimes crown rot) in strawberry breeding populations. As many of you know, crown and fruit anthracnose are two of the most significant diseases in strawberry in our region. This research builds on work done by Ray Jacobs and Jeremy Pattison.

Memo is from Costa Rica, and is on a Fulbright Fellowship. He has a B.Sc. in Biology and a M.Sc. in Agricultural Science, with a Major in Biotechnology, and a concentration in Plant Genetic Resources conservation and morphological-agronomical characterization. He also was the head of a plant tissue culture laboratory while he was a professor in Costa Rica. Memo is bringing useful training to the program and is off to a great start.