Fusarium proliferatum

Fusarium proliferatum colonizes a very large and diverse array of plant species, including wheat, maize, mango, pine and onion and has  been associated with mild to serious infections in humans with pre-existing health conditions. In infected plants, F. proliferatum produces toxins (e.g., fumonisin B1) that if consumed, have wide-ranging biological effects from pulmonary edema in swine to esophageal cancer in humans. Often, F. proliferatum is asymptomatic in infected plants which may facilitate the global movement of toxigenic strains. We are studying the ecology and dispersal of F. proliferatum, F. verticillioides, and other seed-borne Fusarium species to better understand the dynamics of introduction and establishment of F. proliferatum into new environments.

Lab activities and updates for the J Stack Lab at Kansas State University

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