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Peter Balint-Kurti

USDA-ARS Research Geneticist and Adjunct Professor

2572/2574 Thomas Hall

Area(s) of Expertise

We are interested in understanding the genetic and mechanistic bases of disease resistance in maize. Maize is a model genetic system and many resources are available with which we can address this problem. We hope that findings made will improve the resilience of the maize crop and will be extrapolated to other plant systems

We work in a number of related areas including:

  • Analysis of quantitative (partial, polygenic) disease resistance
  • Genetic and biochemical analysis of the maize hypersensitive defense response
  • The basal response to microbes in maize and sorghum
  • Multiple disease resistance in maize
  • Analysis of the maize microbiome

Additional Contact Information

Lab: 2574 Thomas Hall
Lab Phone: 919.515.7376
Fax: 919.856.4816


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Ph.D., John Innes Institute (1994)
B.A. , Plant Molecular Biology, Cambridge University (1990)