After earning my degree I spent some time working in the molecular toxicology lab of Professor Fumio Matsumura at UC Davis, where I learrned PCR, real-time PCR, and PCR primer design. Such molecular techniques are also suited to studying microbial diversity, such as in soil or in plant tissues, and was able to apply them to a project in Dr. Kendra Baumgartner's USDA-ARS lab looking at the effect of weed management on arbuscular mycorrhizal communities in grape roots. While working on that project I became a permanent member of the lab, and where I am currently developing microsatellite markers for a population genetics study of the grapevine stem dieback fungus Eutypa lata, designing PCR primers for coding regions of the root rot fungus Armillaria mellea, and doing grapevine rootstock tissue culture for the development of a screening assay for Armillaria resistance, all with the goal of reducing dependence on fungicides and fumigants.
Research Interests: Weed management, Allelopathy, Arbuscular mycorrhizae, Molecular techniques, Viticulture
Contact Phillip Fujiyoshi by email: firstname.lastname@example.org