One of the most intriguing challenges for plant biologists is to understand how plants interact with microbial pathogens to result in resistance or disease. Research in the Leach lab has tackled this challenge from both the plant and pathogen sides by integrating physiological, molecular, genomic and genetic approaches performed in the laboratory and field. Our goals are to identify sources of long-lasting, broad-spectrum disease resistance (effective against diverse pathogens), allowing for the development of ecologically sustainable forms of plant disease control. In recent years, we have begun to uncover the genetic basis of other complex traits in rice, such as those contributing to biomass and benefiting human health.
February 2014, Dr. Jan Leach interviewed for CSU Collegian article on labeling GMOs
January 2014, Biomass group posts new video highlighting the project and collaboration with IRRI. See more on this new page!
January 2014, New blog post on rice and food security by Jillian Lang.
December 2013, Emily Delorean is selected as a 2013 Golden Opportunity Institute Scholar by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America and Golden Opportunity Scholars Committee. Emily graduates with her BS in Soil and Crop Science this month!
December 2013, Paul Tanger highlighted in this Boulder County Business Report article on science communication
December 2013, Ana Bossa receives Monty and Janice Harrison Graduate Student Scholarship in Plant Pathology & Jillian Lang receives William M. Brown Professional Development Award
November 2013, Jillian Lang, Paul Tanger and Brad Tonnessen recieve Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels Fellowship titled: 'Lignin Levers: Translating the role of OsVOZ transcription factors in lignin biosynthesis for improved and sustainable feedstocks'
November 2013, Dr. Lindsay Triplett receives USDA NIFA grant titled: 'Self killing turned outward? Investigating the function of a Xathomonas secreted protein and parallels with a toxin anti-toxin system.'
June 2013, Dr. Jan Leach interviewed “From rice pathology research to food security gains: An interview with Jan Leach” by Julie MacCartee for AgriLinks
August 2013, Dr. Jan Leach and Jillian Lang attended the 2nd Beijing International Symposium on Molecular Plant Pathology and the 10th International Congress of Plant Pathology in Beijing, China where Dr. Leach gave a plenary talk titled "Plant Pathology in a Globalized Economy". Find her slides here.
June 2013, Brad Tonnessen awarded CGIAR-GRiSP-USAID grant titled 'Improving Broad-Spectrum Disease Resistance in Rice: Enrichment of Regulatory Elements for Defense Response Genes'
April 2013, Dr. Valérie Verdier named Biosciences in Eastern and Central Africa (BecA) Affiliated Scientist
December 2012, Jan Leach named to National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity