Kurt Lamour, Ph.D
Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
Office: 433 Plant Biotechnology Building
Visit our lab website. <http://eppserver.ag.utk.edu/KurtLamour/lamour.htm>
I study a destructive group of fungal-like plant pathogens that cause serious damage to a huge variety of plants worldwide. These organisms have a unique evolutionary history and although they look similar to true fungi; have a significantly different genetic and biochemical makeup.
In Tennessee, my research is focused on an introduced species of Phytophthora (P. capsici) that severely limits the production of pumpkins, squash, peppers and tomatoes. One of my goals is to utilize P. capsici as a model for oomycete research. Phytophthora capsici has tremendous genetic diversity, is relatively easy to manipulate in the laboratory, and will soon have a whole genome sequence.