The goal of the Fruit Pathology Program lead by Dr. Guido Schnabel, is to advance the science of small fruit and stone fruit pathology by studying pathogen adaptation to stresses and developing programs for disease and pathogen fungicide resistance management. For postdoctoral scientists, masters (MS) and doctoral (PhD) students, the Schnabel laboratory offers a unique opportunity to conduct basic and applied research that addresses real-world problems. Basic research includes gene discovery, gene expression analysis, PCR, Southern and Northern hybridization, RFLP, AFLP, and gel electrophoresis. In our applied research we study the efficacy of fungicides and biologicals under lab and field conditions and horticultural practices for disease control.
The extension part of our program consists of (i) a fungicide resistance monitoring service for growers designed to determine location-specific resistance profiles in the pathogens Botrytis cinerea and Monilinia fructicola (ii) the development of smartphone apps (MyIPM series) to help growers understand and implement Integrated Pest Management practices, and (iii) the development of educational material, including Pest Management and Culture Guides and Growers Handbooks.