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Zhi-Yuan Chen

302 Life Sciences Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225) 578-7850
Fax: (225) 578-1415


B.S. in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Peking University, 1988.
M.S. in Plant Physiology and Molecular Biology, Peking University, 1991.
Ph.D. in Plant Biology, Louisiana State University, 1996.

Areas of Specialization/Research

Current research interests are: (1) to understand host-fungus interactions between corn (maize) and Aspergillus flavus, the fungus that produces aflatoxins during infection of  susceptible crops, and between soybean and Phakopsora pachyrhizi, the causal agent of soybean rust disease; and (2) to develop strategies to enhance host resistance in maize and soybean to fungal diseases. The approach we are taking is to identify proteins induced after fungal infection through  proteomics, especially those proteins uniquely upregulated in resistant lines, but not in susceptible ones, and to characterize these proteins to identify proteins/genes that play key roles in host resistance.

Research Projects

LAB94142 Enhance Soybean Production through Understanding its Interactions with Phakopsora Pachyrhizi and Cercospora Kikuchii
LAB94143 Reducing Aflatoxin Contamination of Maize through Understanding its Interactions with Aspergillis Flavus

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Department of Plant Pathology & Crop Physiology
302 Life Science Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803 
(225) 578-1464

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