We are interested in the genetic and mechanistic bases of natural variation in quantitative disease resistance and the defense response in maize.   Quantitative disease resistance, also known as partial disease resistance, confers a level of resistance that is less than complete but is usually effective in protecting yield.

We're interested in identifying the asociated loci (the quantitative trait loci), the underlying genes and figuring out how they work.

We are part of the USDA-ARS Plant Science Research Unit and are located in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.  We are also associated with the Departments  of Crop Science  and Plant and Microbial Biology, the NCSUGenetics program and with the NCSU Plant Breeding Consortium.

Contact Info:

Peter Balint-Kurti
2572 Thomas Hall
Dept. of Plant Pathology,
NC State University
Raleigh NC 27695-7613
Tel 919 515 3516
Fax 919 856 4816
peter_balintkurti@ncsu.edu Peter.Balint-Kurti@ARS.USDA.GOV