Division of Plant Pathology and Microbiology in Plant Sciences Department
Research project:

Population genetics of Coccidioides posadasii, cause of valley fever in Arizona


Valley Fever is a common respiratory disease in Arizona and the Southwest. This project focuses on the fungus that causes this disease in order to determine if species population is structured by geography (is gene flow limited within Arizona?), by site (is clonality important and do rodents play a role in the patchy distribution of Coccidioides in soil?), and by host (are humans, dogs, rodents and other species all susceptible to the same strains?). This information will be useful to understanding the epidemiology and pathology of this disease, and may help design strategies to reduce the incidence of this disease.

   
For more information: Dr. Scott Kroken, kroken@ag.arizona.edu
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