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Peter Balint-Kurti

USDA-ARS Research Geneticist and 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


Refereed Journals


  • Martins, Lais B., Peter Balint-Kurti, and S. Chris Reberg-Horton. “Genome-wide association study for morphological traits and resistance to Peryonella pinodes in the USDA pea single-plant plus collection.” G3 Genes| Genomes| Genetics (2022).
  • Balint-Kurti, Peter, and Saet-Byul Kim. “Close encounters in the corn field.” Molecular Plant (2022). doi:10.1016/J.MOLP.2022.02.008.


  • Ge C. , Wang, Y.G. , Lu S. , Zhao X. , Hou B-K , Balint-Kurti P., Wang G-F (2021) Multi-omics analyses reveal the regulatory network and the function of ZmUGTs in maize defense response.  Frontiers in Plant Science. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2021.738261
  • Cui, Y., Chen, D., Jiang, Y., Xu, D., Balint-Kurti, P., Stacey, G. (2021) Variation in gene expression between two Sorghum bicolor lines differing in innate immunity response. Plants (In Press)
  • Wagner, M., Tang, C., Salvato, F., Clouse, K., Bartlett, A., Vintila, S. , Phillips, L., Sermons, S., Hoffmann, M., Balint-Kurti, P., Kleiner. M. (2021) Microbe-dependent heterosis in maize. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 118 (30) e2021965118; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2021965118
  • Karre, S., Kim, S.-B., Samira, R.. and Balint-Kurti, P. (2021) The maize ZmMIEL1 E3 ligase and ZmMYB83 transcription factor proteins interact and regulate the hypersensitive defence response. Mol Plant Pathol. 2021; 22: 694– 709.
  • Wang, Y., Holland, J., , and Balint-Kurti, P. (2021) Development and Use of a Seedling Growth Retardation Assay to Quantify and Map Loci Underlying Variation in the Maize Basal Defense Response. Phytofrontiers
  • Kim, S‐B, Van den Broeck, L, Karre, S, Choi, H., . Christensen, S., Wang, G-F, Jo, Y., Cho, W. K., Balint‐Kurti, P. (2021) Analysis of the transcriptomic, metabolomic, and gene regulatory responses to Puccinia sorghi in maize. Mol Plant Pathol. 2021; 00: 1– 15.
  • Karre, S., Kim, B.-S., Kim, S.-B., Khangura, R.S., Sermons, S., Dilkes, B., Johal, G. (Guri) and Balint-Kurti, P. (2021) Maize Plants Chimeric for an Autoactive Resistance Gene Display a Cell Autonomous Hypersensitive Response but Non-Cell Autonomous Defense Signaling. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact.,


  • Gentzel, I.N., Park, C.H., Bellizzi, M., Xiao, G., Gadhave, K., Murphree, C., Yang, Q., LaMantia, J., Redinbaugh, M., Balint-Kurti, P., Sit, T. & Wang, G-L (2020) A CRISPR/dCas9 toolkit for functional analysis of maize genes. Plant Methods 16, 133 (2020).
  • Samira, R., Kimball, J., Samayoa, L. F., Holland, J.B., Jamann, T., Brown, P., Stacey, G., Balint-Kurti , P. (2020). Genome-wide association analysis of the strength of the MAMP-elicited defense response and resistance to target leaf spot in sorghum. Scientific Reports 10: 20817
  •  Luan QL, Zhu YX, Ma S, Sun Y, Liu XY, Liu M, Balint-Kurti PJ, Wang GF. Maize metacaspases modulate the defense response mediated by the NLR protein Rp1-D21 likely by affecting its subcellular localization. Plant J. 2020 Oct 27. doi: 10.1111/tpj.15047
  •  Harris, J.M., Balint-Kurti, P., Bede, J.C., Day, B., Gold, S., Goss, E.M., Grenville-Briggs, L.J., Jones, K.M., Wang, A., Wang, Y. and Mitra, R.M., 2020. What are the Top 10 Unanswered Questions in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions?. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, pp.MPMI-08.
  •  Murphree, C, Kim, S‐B, Karre, S, Samira, R, Balint‐Kurti, P. Use of virus‐induced gene silencing to characterize genes involved in modulating hypersensitive cell death in maize. Molecular Plant Pathology. 2020; 00: 1– 15.
  • Kim, S. B., Karre, S., Wu, Q., Park, M., Meyers, E., Claeys, H., Wisser, R., Jackson, D., & Balint-Kurti, P. Multiple insertions of COIN, a novel maize Foldback transposable element, in the Conring gene cause a spontaneous progressive cell death phenotype . Plant J. 2020;10.1111/tpj.14945. doi:10.1111/tpj.14945
  • Wagner, M; Roberts, J; Balint-Kurti, P; Holland, J. (2020) Heterosis of leaf and rhizosphere microbiomes in field-grown maize. New Phytologist DOI:10.1111/nph.16730
  •  Yang, Y., Martins, L. B., Sermons, S., Balint-Kurti , P. (2020) Genetic and physiological characterization of a Calcium deficiency phenotype in maize.  G3:Genes, Genomes, Genetics. 10 :1963-1970;
  •  Morales L., Repka, A C; Swarts, Kelly ; Stafstrom, William ; He, Yijian; Sermons, Shannon; Yang, Qin; Lopez-Zuniga, Luis; Rucker, Elizabeth ; Thomason, Wade; Nelson, Rebecca J.; Balint-Kurti, Peter (2020) Genotypic and phenotypic characterization of a large, diverse population of maize near-isogenic lines.  In Press Plant Journal
  • Sun, Y., Zhu, Y-X,  Balint-Kurti, P. J.,  Wang, G-F (2020)  Fine-Tuning Immunity: Players and Regulators for Plant NLRs. Trends in Plant Science.


  • Kimball, J., Cui, Y., Chen, D., Brown, P., Rooney, W., Stacey, G., and Balint-Kurti, P. (2019) Identification of QTL for Target Leaf Spot resistance in Sorghum bicolor and investigation of relationships between disease resistance and variation in the MAMP response.  Scientific Reports 9, 18285 (2019) doi:10.1038/s41598-019-54802-x
  •  Tuleski, T. R., Kimball, J., Amaral, F. P. do, Pereira, T. P., Tadra-Sfeir, M. Z., Pedrosa, F. de O., Souza, E. M. de, Balint-Kurti, P., Monteiro, R. A., and Stacey, G. 2019. Herbaspirillum rubrisubalbicans as a phytopathogenic model to study the immune system of Sorghum bicolor. Mol Plant Microbe Interact doi: 10.1094/MPMI-06-19-0154-R
  •  Wagner, MR, Busby, PE, Balint-Kurti, P., (2019) Analysis of leaf microbiome composition of near‐isogenic maize lines differing in broad‐spectrum disease resistance, New Phytologist. doi:10.1111/nph.16284
  • Doblas-Ibáñez P., Deng K., Vasquez M., Giese L., Cobine P., Kolkman J., King H., Jamann T., Balint-Kurti P., De La Fuente L.,  Nelson R., Mackey D., Smith L..  (2019). Dominant, heritable resistance to Stewart’s wilt in maize is associated with an enhanced vascular defense response to infection with Pantoea stewartii. In Press  Mol. Plant-Microbe Int.
  • Samira R., Zhang, X., Kimball J, Cui Y., Stacey G , Balint-Kurti P. (2019) Quantifying MAMP-induced production of reactive oxygen species in Sorghum and Maize.  Bio-Protocol DOI; 10.21769/BioProtoc.3304
  •  He Y., Karre S., Johal G., Christensen S., Balint-Kurti P. (2019) A Maize Polygalacturonase Functions as a Suppressor of Programmed cell death in Plants. BMC Plant Biology 19 DOI: 10.1186/s12870-019-1897-5
  • Martins L, Rucker E, Thomason W, Wisser R J,. Holland J., Balint-Kurti P (2019) Validation and characterization of maize multiple disease resistance QTL. G3:Genes, Genomes, Genetics.
  • Balint-Kurti, P. (2019) The Plant Hypersensitive response: Concepts, Control and Consequences.  Molecular Plant Pathology. 20(8), 1163–1178.
  •  L. Morales, C. Zila, D. Moreta Mejía, M.  Montoya Arbelaez, P.Balint-Kurti, J.Holland, R. Nelson (2019) Diverse Components of Resistance to Fusarium verticillioides Infection and Fumonisin Contamination in Four Maize Recombinant Inbred Families.  Toxins 11(2), 86
  • He Y., Kim S-B,  Balint-Kurti P (2019) A maize cytochrome b-c1 complex subunit protein ZmQCR7controls variation in the hypersensitive response.  Planta (2019): 1-9
  • Lopez-Zuniga L.,  Wolters P.,  Davis S.,  Weldekidan T., Kolkman J.,  Nelson R., Hooda K.S. ,  Rucker E.,  Thomason W.,  Wisser R. and Balint-Kurti P.(2019) Using Maize Chromosome Segment Substitution Line Populations for the Identification of Loci Associated with Multiple Disease Resistance. G3: genes, genomes, genetics 9:189-201


  •  Xie X, Olukolu, B, Yang Q, Balint-Kurti P (2018) Identification of a locus in maize controlling response to a host-selective toxin derived from Cochliobolus heterostrophus, causal agent of Southern Leaf Blight.   Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Doi 10.1007/s00122-018-3175-6
  •  Sermons S. and Balint-Kurti P. (2018) Large Scale Field Inoculation and Scoring of Maize Southern Leaf Blight and Other Maize Foliar Fungal Diseases.  Bio-Protocols DOI:   10.21769/BioProtoc.2745
  •  J. Cooper, Balint-Kurti, P., and Jamann, T. (2018) Identification of quantitative trait loci for Goss’s wilt of maize caused by Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. Nebraskensis.  Crop Science. 58:1192-1200


  •  R. Nelson, Wiesner-Hanks, T., Wisser, R., Balint-Kurti, P.  (2017) Navigating complexity to breed disease-resistant crops.  Nature Reviews Genetics. doi:10.1038/nrg.2017.82
  • Q. Yang,  He Y, Kabahuma M, Chaya T, Kelly A, Borrego E, Bian Y, El Kasmi F, Yang L, Teixeira P, Kolkman J, Nelson R, Kolomiets M, L Dangl J, Wisser R, Caplan J, Li X, Lauter N, Balint-Kurti P (2017) A gene encoding maize caffeoyl-CoA O-methyltransferase confers quantitative resistance to multiple pathogens. Nature Genetics 49:1364–1372  doi:10.1038/ng.3919
  • J. Lennon,  Krakowsky, M.,  Goodman, M.,  Flint-Garcia, S., and  Balint-Kurti, P. (2017). Identification of Teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis) alleles for resistance to southern leaf blight in near isogenic maize lines. Crop Science doi:10.2135/cropsci2016.12.0979
  • X. Zhang, Q. Yang, · Rucker, E., Thomason, W. and Balint-Kurti, P. (2017) Fine mapping of a quantitative resistance gene for gray leaf spot of maize (Zea mays L.) derived from teosinte (Z. mays ssp. parviglumis).   Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 2017. 130(6): p. 1285-1295.
  • Q.Yang, Balint-Kurti, P., Xu, M. (2017) Quantitative Disease Resistance: Dissection and Adoption in Maize. Molecular Plant
  • X. Zhang, Valdés-López, O., Arellano, C., Stacey, G. and Balint-Kurti, P. (2017). Genetic dissection of the maize (Zea mays L.) MAMP response. Theoretical and Applied Genetics.  130: 1155. doi:10.1007/s00122-017-2876-6
  • B. Olukolu, Bian, Y., De Vries, B., Tracy, W.F., Wisser, R., Holland, J. B., and Balint-Kurti, P. J. (2016) The genetics of leaf flecking in maize and its relationship to plant defense and disease resistance.  Plant Physiology DOI:10.1104/pp.15.01870
  • Minker K, Biedrzycki M, Kolagunda A, Rhein S, Perina F, Jacobs S, Moore, M,, Jamann, T., Yang, Q., Nelson, R., Balint-Kurti, P., Kambhamettu, C., Wisser R., and Caplan J. (2016)  Semiautomated confocal imaging of fungal pathogenesis on plants: Microscopic analysis of macroscopic specimens. Microscopy Research and Technique, DOI: 10.1002/jemt.22709
  • Olukolu, B., Tracy, W., Wisser, R.,  De Vries, B., and Balint-Kurti, P.  (2016). A genome-wide association study for partial resistance to maize common rust. Phytopathology 106:745-751
  • G-F Wang and Balint-Kurti P (2016) Maize Homologs of CCoAOMT and HCT, Two Key Enzymes in Lignin Biosynthesis, Form Complexes with the NLR Rp1 Protein to Modulate the Defense Response.Plant Physiology pp.00224.2016.  http:/ / dx. doi. org/ 10. 1104/ pp. 16. 00224
  • Liu, Z., Cook, J.,Melia-Hancock, S., Guill, K., Bottoms, C., Garcia, A., Ott, O., Nelson, R., Recker, J., Balint-Kurti, P., Larsson, S., Lepak, N., Buckler, E., Trimble, L., Tracy, W., McMullen, M., Flint-Garcia, S. (2016) Expanding maize genetic resources with pre-domestication alleles: maize-teosinte introgression populations.  Plant Genome doi:10.3835/plantgenome2015.07.0053.
  • J. Lennon, M. Krakowsky, M. Goodman, S Flint-Garcia, Peter Balint-Kurti (2016) Identification of alleles conferring resistance to gray leaf spot in maize derived from its wild progenitor species teosinte (Zea mays ssp. parviglumis). Crop Science.56:209-218 doi:10.2135/cropsci2014.07.0468


  • G-F Wang, He, Y., Strauch, R., Olukolu, B., Nielsen, D. , Li, X.  and Balint-Kurti, P. (2015) Maize Homologs of Hydroxycinnamoyltransferase , a Key Enzyme in Lignin Biosynthesis, Bind the NLR Rp1 Proteins to Modulate the Defense Response.  Plant Physiology.169: 2230-2243. DOI:10.1104/pp.15.00703
  • P. Balint-Kurti and J. Holland (2015) New insight into a complex plant–fungal pathogen interaction Nature Genetics 47, 101–103doi:10.1038/ng.3203
  • V. Vontimitta,  Olukolu, B.,  Penning, B., Johal, G., Balint-Kurti, P. (2015) The genetic basis of flecking and its relationship to disease resistance in the IBM maize mapping population. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. 128:2331-9 .DOI: 10.1007/s00122-015-2588-8.
  • G-F Wang and Balint-Kurti P. (2015)  Cytoplasmic and nuclear localizations are important for the hypersensitive response conferred by maize autoactive Rp1-D21 protein. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 28,  1023-1031
  • G-F Wang, Ji J,  EI-Kasmi, F,  Dangl, J, Johal G, Balint-Kurti P. (2015) Molecular and Functional Analyses of a Maize Autoactive NB-LRR Protein Identify Precise Structural Requirements for Activity.  PLOS Pathogens, DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1004674
  • R. C. Pratt, J. B. Holland, P. J. Balint-Kurti, N. D. Coles, J. Zwonitzer, M. A. Casey, and M. D. McMullen (2015) Registration of the Ki14 × B73 Recombinant Inbred Mapping Population of Maize. Journal of Plant Registrations. doi:10.3198/jpr2014.06.0041crmp.



  • Benavente, L., Ding, X., Redinbaugh, M., Nelson, R., and Balint-Kurti, P. (2013) Virus-Induced Gene Silencing in Diverse Maize Lines Using the Brome Mosaic Virus-based silencing vector. Maydica 57(3/4):206-214
  • Negeri, A., Wang, G-F., Benavente, L., Kibiti, C., Chaikam, V., Johal, G., Balint-Kurti, P. (2013) Characterization of temperature and light effects on the defense response phenotypes associated with the maize RP1-D21 gene. BMC Plant Biology 13:106
  • Olukolu, B., Negeri, A., Dhawan, R. , Venkata, B. P. , Sharma, P., Garg, A. , Gachomo, E. , Marla, S., Chu, K., Hasan, A. , Ji, J. , Chintamanani, S., Green, J. , Holland, J., Wisser, R. , Shyu, C.-R., Johal, G., Balint-Kurti, P. (2013) A genome-wide association analysis identifies loci that modulate hypersensitive response caused by a maize auto-active resistance gene. Genetics 193:609-620


  • Green, J.M, Appel, H., Rehrig, E. M., Harnsomburana, J., Chang, J-F., Balint-Kurti, P., Shyu, C-R., (2012) PhenoPhyte: A flexible affordable method to quantify visual 2D phenotypes. Plant Methods. 8:45. doi:10.1186/1746-4811-8-45
  • Veturi, Y., Kump, K., Walsh, E., Oliver, O., Poland , J., Kolkman, J., Balint-Kurti, P., Holland, J., Wisser , R., (2012) Multivariate mixed linear model analysis of longitudinal data: an information-rich statistical technique for analyzing disease resistance data. Phytopathology 102, 1016-1025
  • Belcher, A., Zwonitzer, J., Santa Cruz, J., Krakowsky, M., Chung, C-L. Nelson, R., Arellano, C., Balint-Kurti, P. (2012) Analysis of Quantitative Disease Resistance to Southern Leaf Blight and of Multiple Disease Resistance in Maize Using Near-Isogenic Lines. 124:433-445. Theoretical and Applied Genetics.


  • Balint-Kurti, P., Pridgen, P. and Stapleton, A.. (2011). Application of an antibiotic resets the maize leaf phyllosphere community and increases resistance to southern leaf blight. Acta Hort. (Ishs) 905:57-62.
  • Chaikam, V. Negeri, A, Dhawan, D., Puchaka, B. , Ji, J., Chintamanani,, S., Gachomo, E., Zillmer, A., Doran, T., Weil, C., Balint-Kurti, P., Johal, G. (2011) Use of Mutant-Assisted Gene Identification and Characterization (MAGIC) to identify novel genetic loci that modify the maize hypersensitive response . Theoretical and Applied Genetics 123(6):985-97.
  • Negeri, A ., Coles, N., Holland, J., Balint-Kurti, P.. Mapping QTL controlling southern leaf blight resistance by joint analysis of three related recombinant inbred line populations (2011) Crop Science 51:1571-1579
  • Wisser, R., Kolkman, J., Patzoldt, M., Holland, J., Yu, J., Krakowsky, M., Nelson, R., and Balint-Kurti, P. (2011) : Multivariate analysis of maize disease resistances suggests a pleiotropic genetic basis and implicates a GST gene.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108:7339-7344
  • Kump, K., Bradbury, P., Buckler, E., Belcher, A., Oropeza-Rosas, M., Wisser, R., Zwonitzer, J., Kresovich, S., McMullen, M., Ware, D., Balint-Kurti, P., and Holland, J. (2011) Genome-wide association study of quantitative resistance to southern leaf blight in the maize nested association mapping population. Nature Genetics 43:163-168
  • Kump, K., Holland, J., Jung, M., Wolters, P., Balint-Kurti, P. (2010) Joint analysis of near isogenic and recombinant inbred line populations yields precise positional estimates for QTL. Plant Genome 3:142–153
  • Wisser, R., Balint-Kurti, P, Holland, J. (2011) A novel genetic framework for studying response to artificial selection. Plant Genetic Resources. Published Online DOI:10.1017/S1479262111000359
  • Chung,C-L., Poland, J., Kump, K., Benson, J., Longfellow, J., Walsh, E., Balint-Kurti, P. and Nelson, R. (2011)Targeted discovery of quantitative trait loci for resistance to northern leaf blight and other diseases of maize. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 123:307-326


  • Zhang, J., Martin, J., Balint-Kurti, P., Huang, L., Giroux, M. (2010). The wheat puroindoline genes confer fungal resistance in transgenic corn. Journal of Phytopathology 159:188-190
  • Chung C-L, Longfellow, J., Walsh, E., Kerdieh, Z., Van Esbroeck, G., Balint-Kurti, P., Nelson, R. (2010). Resistance loci affecting distinct stages of fungal pathogenesis: use of introgression lines for QTL mapping and characterization in the maize – Setosphaeria turcica pathosystem . BMC Plant Biology 10:103.
  • Chintamanani, S, Hulbert,S.H.,, Johal, G.S., Balint-Kurti, P. (2010) Identification of a Maize Locus that Modulates the Hypersensitive Defense Response, Using Mutant-Assisted Gene Identification and Characterization (MAGIC). , Genetics 184: 813–825
  • Balint-Kurti, P., Yang, J., Esbroek, G.V. Jung, J. and Smith, E. (2010) Use of a maize Advanced Intercross Line population for Mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci for northern leaf blight resistance and for the investigation of multiple disease resistance. Crop Science 50: 458-466.
  • Zwonitzer, J., Coles, N., Krakowsky, M., Holland, J., McMullen, M., Pratt, R. and Balint-Kurti, P. (2010) Mapping disease resistance QTL for three foliar diseases of maize in a recombinant inbred line population. -Evidence for Multiple Disease Resistance? Phytopathology 100:72-79.
  • Coles, N., McMullen, M. , Balint-Kurti, P., Pratt, R.,, and Holland, J. (2010) Genetic Control of Photoperiod Sensitivity in Maize Revealed by Joint Multiple Population Analysis Genetics 184: 799–812
  • Balint-Kurti, P., Simmons, S., Blum J., Ballaré C. and A. Stapleton.. (2010). Maize Leaf Epiphytic Bacteria Diversity Patterns Are Genetically Correlated with Resistance to Fungal Pathogen Infection. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 23: 473-484


  • Williams, W., Krakowsky, M., Windham, G., Balint-Kurti, P., Hawkins, L., Henry, W.. (2008). Identifying Maize Germplasm with Resistance To Aflatoxin Accumulation. Journal of Toxicology-Toxin Reviews 27:319-345.
  • Poland, J. , Balint-Kurti, P. , Wisser, R., Pratt, R., Nelson, R. (2008). Shades of gray: The world of quantitative disease resistance. Trends in Plant Science, 14:21-29
  • Zwonitzer, J., Bubeck, D., Bhattramakki, D., Goodman, M., Arellano, C., Balint-Kurti, P.( 2008). Use of backcross recurrent selection and QTL mapping to identify loci contributing to SLB resistance in a highly resistant maize line. Theor. Appl. Genet. 118:911-25
  • Johal, G., Balint-Kurti, P., and Weil C. (2008). Mining and harnessing natural variation – current approaches and a little MAGIC. Crop Science 48: 2066-2073.
  • Balint-Kurti, P., R.J. Wisser, and J. Zwonitzer.( 2008). Use of the an Advanced Intercross Population for Precise Mapping of Quantitative Trait Loci for Gray Leaf Spot Resistance in Maize. Crop Science 48:1696-1704.
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J., J.C. Zwonitzer, M.E. Pe, G. Pea, M. Lee, and A.J. Cardinal. (2008). Identification of Quantitative Trait Loci for Resistance to Southern Leaf Blight and Days to Anthesis in Two Maize Recombinant Inbred Line Populations. Phytopathology 98:315-320.


  • Gao, X., Shim, W-B., Göbel, C., Kunze, S., Feussner, I., Meeley, R., Balint-Kurti P., and Michael Kolomiets (2007) Disruption of a maize 9-lipoxygenase results in increased resistance to fungal pathogens and reduced levels of contamination with mycotoxin fumonisin. Mol. Plant-Microbe Int. 20:922-933.
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J., Zwonitzer, J.C. Wisser, R.J., Carson, M.L., Oropeza-Rosas, M., Holland, J.B., and Szalma, S.J. (2007) Precise mapping of quantitative trait loci for resistance to southern leaf blight, caused by Cochliobolus heterostrophus race O, and flowering time using advanced intercross maize lines. Genetics 176:645-657.


  • Jines, M., Balint-Kurti, P., Robertson-Hoyt, L., Molnar, T., Holland, J., and Goodman, M. (2006) Mapping Resistance to Southern Rust In a Tropical By Temperate Maize Recombinant Inbred Topcross Population. TAG 114:659-667.
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J., Krakowsky, M. D., Jines, M. P., Robertson, L. A., Molnár, T. L., Goodman M. M. and Holland J. B. (2006) Identification of Quantitative Trait Loci for Resistance to Southern Leaf Blight and Days to Anthesis in a Maize Recombinant Inbred Line Population. Phytopathology 96:1067-1071
  • Robertson, L., Jines, M., Balint-Kurti, P., Kleinschmidt, C., White, D., Payne, G., Maragos, C. and Holland, J.(2006) Mapping of QTL for Ear Rot and Fumonisin Accumulation in Maize. Crop Science 46:1734-1743.
  • Wisser, R. J., Balint-Kurti, P. J. and Nelson R. J. (2006) The genetic architecture of disease resistance in maize: a synthesis of published studies. Phytopathology 96:120-129.
  • Carson, M. L., Balint-Kurti, P. J., Blanco, M., Millard, M., Duvick, S., Holley, R., Hudyncia, J., and Goodman, M. M. (2006) Registration of 9 high-yielding tropical by temperate maize germplasm lines adapted for the southern US. . Crop Science 46:1825-1826.


  • Balint-Kurti, P. J., Blanco, M., Millard M., Duvick, S., Holland, J., Clements, M., Holley, R., Carson, M and Goodman, M. M. Registration of 20 GEM breeding families adapted for the southern US (2005). Crop Science 46:996-998
  • Balint-Kurti, P. J. and Carson, M. L. (2005) Analysis of quantitative trait loci for resistance to southern leaf blight in juvenile maize. Phytopathology 96:221-225.


  • Brummell, D. A., Balint-Kurti, P. J., Harpster, M. H., Palys, J. M., Oeller, P.W. and Gutterson, N. (2003) Inverted repeat of a heterologous 3′-terminator for high efficiency, high-throughput gene silencing. Plant Journal 33: 793-800.
  • Balint-Kurti, P. J., Churchill, A.C.L. and May G.D. (2001). Development of a transformation system for Mycosphaerella pathogens of Banana: A tool for the study of host/pathogen interactions. FEMS Microbiol. Letters 195: 9-15.
  • Ganapathi T. R., Higgs N. S., Balint-Kurti P. J., Arntzen C. J., May G. D and Van Eck J. M. (2001) Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of embryogenic cell suspensions of the banana cultivar Rasthali (AAB). Plant Cell Reports 20:157-162.
  • Peumans, W., Zhang, W., Barre, A., Astoul, C., Balint-Kurti, P., Rovira, P., Rougè, P., May, G., Van Leuven, F., Truffa-Bachi, P. and Van Damme, E. (2000). Fruit-specific lectins from banana and plantain. Planta 211:546-554.
  • Balint-Kurti P. J., Clendennen S. K., Dolezelová M., Valárik M., Dolezel J., Beetham P. R. and. May G. D (2000) Identification and chromosomal localization of the monkey retrotransposon in Musa sp. Molec. and Gen. Genet. 263:908-915.
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J., Ginsburg, G., Liu, J. and Kimmel, A.R. (1998). Non-autonomous regulation of a graded, PKA-mediated transcriptional activation signal for cell patterning. Development 125:3947-3954.
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J., Ginsburg, G., Rivero-Lezcano, O. and Kimmel, A.R. (1997). rZIP, a RING-leucine zipper protein that regulates cell fate determination during Dictyostelium development. Development 124:1203-1213.
  • Thomas, C., Jones, D., Parniske, M., Harrison, K., Balint-Kurti, P., Hatzixanthis, K. and Jones, J. (1997). Characterization of the tomato Cf-4 gene for resistance to C. fulvum identifies sequences that determine recognitional specificity in Cf-4 and Cf-9. Plant Cell 9:2209-2224.
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J., Jones, D.A. and Jones, J.D.G., (1995). Integration of the classical and molecular maps of the short arm of tomato chromosome 1. TAG 90:17-26.
  • Jones, D.A., Thomas, C.M., Hammond-Kosack, K.E., Balint-Kurti, P.J. and Jones J.D.G. (1994). Isolation of the tomato Cf-9 gene for resistance to Cladosporium fulvum by transposon tagging. Science 266:789-793.
  • Balint-Kurti , P.J., Dixon, M.S., Jones, D.A.., Norcott, K.A.. and Jones, J.D.G. (1994). RFLP linkage analysis of the tomato Cf-4 and Cf-9 genes for resistance to Cladosporium fulvum. TAG 88:691-700.
  • Jones, D.A,. Dickinson, M.J., Balint-Kurti, P.J., Dixon, M.S. and Jones J.D.G. (1993). Two complex resistance loci revealed in tomato by classical and RFLP mapping of the Cf-2, Cf-4, Cf-5 and Cf-9 genes for resistance to C. fulvum. Molec. Plant-Microbe Int. 6: 348-357.

Book Chapters etc.

  • Jamann, T., Balint-Kurti, P. and Holland, J. (2014) QTL Mapping Using High-Throughput Sequencing. In press. Chapter in “Plant Functional Genomics:” Ed J. Alonso,
  • Balint-Kurti, P., Shew, D. and Cowger, C. (2014) Host Resistance. In Press. Chapter in “Plant Pathology: Concepts and Laboratory Excercises” Ed.s Ownley, B,. and Trigiano, R.
  • Jamann, T., Nelson, R. and Balint-Kurti, P. (2013). Maize Disease Resistance. Chapter 3“Translational Genomics for Crop Breeding, Volume I: Biotic Stresses” Eds. Roberto Tuberosa and Rajeev Varshney (Wiley-Blackwell)
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J., and G.S. Johal. (2011). Use of Mutant-assisted Gene Identification and Characterization (MAGIC) to Identify Useful Alleles for Crop Improvement ISB News Reports January 2011:pp.1-3.
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J. and Johal, G.S. (2008). Maize Disease Resistance. Chapter in “The Maize Handbook”, eds. Sarah Hake, Jeff Bennetzen. Chapter in “Handbook of Maize: Its Biology” eds. Sarah Hake, Jeff Bennetzen. (Springer).pp229-250
  • Balint-Kurti, P. and Churchill, A. (2004) Towards a molecular understanding of Mycosphaerella/banana interactions. In Banana Improvement: Cell. and Molec. Biology, and Induced Mutations. pp.147-160. S.M. Jain (Editor) Kluwer.
  • Mercier, J., Howie W.J., and Balint-Kurti P. (2001). A detached leaf assay to evaluate the resistance of banana to Mycosphaerella fijiensis. Phytopathology 91:S61. (Abstract)
  • Balint-Kurti, Firoozabady, Moy, Y., Mercier, R., Fong,., Wong, and Gutterson. (2001) Better bananas – the biotech way. Infomusa 10:vi..
  • Rogers, K.C., Ginsburg, G.T., Mu, X., Gollop, R., Balint-Kurti, P.J., Louis, J.M. and Kimmel, A.R. (1997), The cAMP gene family of D. discoideum: expression, regulation, function. Dictyostelium-A Model System for Cell and Devel. Biol. (Universal Acad. Press, Inc.) 163-172.
  • Balint-Kurti, P.J. (1994). The cloned tomato peroxidase genes pTAP1 and pTAP2 correspond to the linked isozymes Prx2 and Prx3. Tomato Genetics Co-op. Report 44:5.
  • Balint-Kurti, P., Jones, D. and Jones, J. (1994). Dominance of Lapageria (Lpg) is reversed in crosses with Lycopersicon pennellii. Tomato genetics Co-op. Report 44:5.
  • Jones, D.A., Balint-Kurti, P.J., Dickinson, M.J., Dixon, M.S. and Jones, J.D.G. (1992). Locations of genes for resistance to C. fulvum on the classical and RFLP maps of tomato. Tomato Genetics Co-op Report 42


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