BS in Microbiology from Saurashtra University, India
MS in Microbiology from Sardar Patel University, India
The goal of my research project is to determine the expression of GAFP in transgenic plum lines under root specific promotor, and compare the expression of GAFP with 4J lines ( transgenic lines without root specific promotor).GAFP confers resistance in plums to Phytophthora root rot therefore; second goal of my project is to check susceptibility of transgenic plum lines to Phytophthora cinnamomi. Phytophthora root rot disease one of the most devastating disease in stone fruit, causing serious production damage to South Carolina and Georgia. Prevention or management of these root rots is a great challenge for fruit pathologists. The creation of transgenic, disease-resistant rootstocks is one way to manage root rot from stone fruits, it gives long term stability, reduces need of other management practices and minimizes disease looses.As research assistant in Dr.Schnabel's lab, my goal focuses on management of this disease in stone fruits.