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Melissa Mitchum

Associate Professor
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Plant Sciences
573-882-6152
GoellnerM@missouri.edu

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Mitchum, Melissa

The major focus of research in the Mitchum Lab is the molecular basis of plant-nematode interactions with an emphasis on the interaction between the soybean cyst nematode (SCN; Heterodera glycines) and its host plant, soybean. In addition to soybean, the Arabidopsis-beet cyst nematode pathosystem is used as a model system to dissect mechanisms of pathogenesis and feeding cell formation. Sedentary endoparasitic nematodes, such as SCN, are the most economically important group of plant-parasitic nematodes. SCN is consistently the most damaging pest of soybean grown in Missouri and throughout the U.S., causing nearly $1 billion in crop losses annually.

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