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.
Dr. Jan Leach and colleagues, led by Cornell University researcher Adam Bogdanove were recently funded by a four-year, $5.5 million National Science Foundation grant. The project will serve as proof of principle that genome editing can be used to optimize quantitative traits, such as height, yield and disease resistance.
November, Dr. Jan Leach gives keynote address at the 12th International Symposium on Rice Functional Genomics, Tucson, AZ
November, Dr. Jan Leach featured in BioScience article
November, Brad Tonnessen and Jillian Lang named International Presidential Fellows
September, Ana Bossa receives Asia Rice Foundation USA Travel and Study Award!
August, Dr. Jan Leach to give plenary talk at APS-CPS Annual Meeting in Minneapolis!
May, Jillian Lang receives prestigious Chateaubriand Fellowship
May, Stephen Cohen and Emily Delorean join the Leach Lab as new graduate students!
April, Dr. Jan Leach making Phytobiomes initiative policy progress in Washingon with CO Senator Mark Udall
April, Leach lab highlighted in CSU Alumni Magazine
February, Dr. Jan Leach interviewed for CSU Collegian article on labeling GMOs
January, Biomass group posts new video highlighting the project and collaboration with IRRI. See more on this new page!
January, New blog post on rice and food security by Jillian Lang.
December, 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, Paul Tanger highlighted in this Boulder County Business Report article on science communication
December, Ana Bossa receives Monty and Janice Harrison Graduate Student Scholarship in Plant Pathology & Jillian Lang receives William M. Brown Professional Development Award
November, 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, 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, Dr. Jan Leach interviewed “From rice pathology research to food security gains: An interview with Jan Leach” by Julie MacCartee for AgriLinks
August, 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, Brad Tonnessen awarded CGIAR-GRiSP-USAID grant titled 'Improving Broad-Spectrum Disease Resistance in Rice: Enrichment of Regulatory Elements for Defense Response Genes'
April, Dr. Valérie Verdier named Biosciences in Eastern and Central Africa (BecA) Affiliated Scientist
December, Jan Leach named to National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity