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Breanne Kisselstein

Breanne Kisselstein

Graduate Student

Prior Degrees: BS Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience; Rochester Institute of Technology

Current Degree Program: PhD Plant Pathology, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University

Research Focus: Erysiphe necator causes grapevine powdery mildew. The pathogen is a host-specific, obligate biotrophic fungus that is native to North America, and it is one of the most widespread and consistently problematic pathogens of grapevines worldwide. European wine grapes, Vitis vinifera, are not only the most commonly grown grape species, but also the most susceptible to powdery mildew due to their relatively recent introduction in the mid-1800s. In cold climates such as the Northeastern United States, the primary inoculum of this heterothallic fungus is attributed to ascospores released by chasmothecia that overwintered on the bark of grapevines. Studies on the asexual and sexual reproduction as well as population structure and epidemiology of the grape powdery mildew fungus are crucial building blocks for improving future disease management resources.

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Twitter: @BA_BreCheese