Carolina Bertuzzi, a DSc student from the Tessman’s lab (Universidade Estadual de Maringá) is joining the Del Ponte lab where she will stay untill completion of the studies. Carolina holds a M.S. degree in Agronomy from the same University. During mid to late 2017, Carolina was a visiting scientist (sandwich fellowship) at National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research - NCAUR- ARS-USDA, Peoria, IL, under the supervision of Dr. Todd J. Ward.
At the NCAUR, Carolina advanced her studies on the analysis of the genetic diversity for a large collection of Fusarium graminearum population causing head blight in wheat and barley in distinct regions of Guarapuava, Paraná State, Brazil. She gained international experience and learned several new techniques including multilocus genotyping (MLGT) assay and VNTR analyses to study population structure. In addition, together with Dr. Kerry O’Donnel Carolina is describing a new Fusarium species in barley based on phylogenetics, mycotoxin and pathogenicity data.
Photo at the top: Carolina, Jennifer and Kerry O’Donnel