Major diseases (pathogens) occurring on sorghum and maize. These include: charcoal rot (Macrophomina phaseolina), sorghum downy mildew (Peronosclerospora sorghi), head smut (Sporisorium reilianum), aflatoxin (Aspergillus flavus), several foliar diseases, sorghum ergot (Claviceps africana) and grain mold (Fusarium moniliforme and F. thapsina).

Research areas for pathogens include ecology, survival, initial inoculum, pathogen variability, and host:parasite interaction (especially under stress environments). Part of a large interdisciplinary sorghum improvement team at Texas A&M that is active globally through INTSORMIL research activities.

education and training
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Academic Articles59
  • Odvody, G. N. (2003). Recommendations from the Ergot Working Group at the Third Global Conference on Sorghum and Millets Diseases. Sorghum and Millets Diseases. (pp. 71-74). Iowa State Press.
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  • Rosenow, D. T., Teme, N., Woodfin, C. A., Odvody, G. N., & Peterson, G. C. (2003). Relationship of Stay Green to Charcoal Rot and Lodging in Sorghum. Sorghum and Millets Diseases. (pp. 475-476). Iowa State Press.
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  • Frederiksen, R. A., Rosenow, D. T., Miller, F. R., & Odvody, G. N. (1993). Disease Resistance in Sorghum. Durability of Disease Resistance. (pp. 318-318). Springer Netherlands.
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Conference Papers4
chaired theses and dissertations
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Texas A&M AgriLife Research; Corpus Christi; 9999 TAMUS
Corpus Christi, TX 78406-1412