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Science Cafe: Beans, Genes & Molecular Markers

May 16, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Dr. Talo Pastor-CorralesDr. Talo Pastor-Corrales conducts research on genetic resistance of the common bean (Phaseolusvulgaris) to hyper-variable pathogens, such as those that cause common bean rust (Uromycesappendiculatus), soybean rust (Phakopsorapachyrhizi),and anthracnose (Colletotrichumlindemuthianum).

He also studies the virulence, diversity and evolution of the bean rust pathogen, searches for and studies novel disease-resistance genes and molecular markers linked to these genes. He makes use of research results to develop disease-resistant and high yielding dry and snap bean germplasm lines via conventional breeding methods and molecular markers.

More about our speaker:

Talo Pastor-Corrales works at USDA-ARS. He earned his PhD in plant pathology at Texas A&M University. Talo has conducted common bean research for 17 years at CIAT, the International Center of Tropical Agriculture, based in Cali, Colombia, and 17 years at BARCARS-USDA. He has discovered many genes that make beans resistant to diseases that reduce yield and lower the quality of pods and seed of dry and snap beans. He has developed bean with resistance to several important diseases for beans in the USA and in Latin America and Africa.

About Science Cafe:

Science Cafés are open to everyone and feature a scientist engaging and leading the discussion to encourage conversation, debate, and interaction. The Rockville Science Café is organized by RSC Board member Ruth Hanessian and Tina Paul of Sigma Xi, and allows our community to explore the latest ideas in science and technology outside of a traditional academic context. Contact Ruth with any questions at 301-674-RUTH.

Rockville Science Cafe is held at Branded ’72 Pit Barbecue, which serves awesome BBQ, plus vegetarian dishes and salads. Arrive early if you want to buy dinner or a drink and get a table.


May 16, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Branded ’72
387 E Gude Dr
Rockville, 20850 United States
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