Dr. Ronald’s lab use genomic, proteomic, and informatic tools to study rice perception, signaling, and response to biotic and abiotic stress. Because of its diploid genetics, small genome size, extensive genetic map, available genome sequence, and relative ease of transformation, rice is a model for other monocots. Therefore, the structural and functional analysis of rice has broad practical implications for the other economically important cereals. Together with their collaborators, they have generated breeding lines with enhanced submergence tolerance, an environmental stress responsible for loss of over 4 million tons of rice each year- enough to feed 30 million people. These lines are being grown by farmers in the Philippines, India and Bangladesh.
Department: Plant Pathology
Lab: Ronald Lab