Rebecca Bart, Ph.D.

Associate Faculty Member
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Adjunct Professor
Biology

Plant and Microbial Biosciences Program
Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Pathogenesis Program

  • 3145871696

  • 975 North Warson Road

  • rbart@danforthcenter.org

  • beckybartlab.org

  • Combining genetics with molecular and computational biology to learn about the mechanisms used by hosts and pathogens to recognize and respond to one another and the environment

Research Abstract:

While most plants are resistant to most pathogens, when disease does occur, it can be devastating to farmers and consumers. Pesticides are often employed in an attempt to limit spread, further adding to the total cost of disease. The Bart lab focuses on exploring natural genetic diversity and exploiting identified phenotypic traits for sustainable crop improvement. The 21st century is a transformative time to be a geneticist with an affinity for agriculture because modern molecular biology tools can be readily applied to genetically intractable organisms. The disease triangle of plant pathology tells us that the host, the pathogen as well as the environment affect the observed severity of a given disease.

Mentorship and Commitment to Diversity Statement:
The Bart Lab has an intentional culture of working hard and playing hard. We are passionate about our scientific pursuits; Curiosity and a love of science drives us to work hard. At the same time, we respect work life balance. Our unofficial motto, "Do less, well," is meant to emphasize that we value quality over quantity. Diversity, equity and inclusion are important values for the Bart Lab. We actively cultivate an environment where everyone feels comfortable, supported and valued. No jerks allowed. For more info on our lab culture, please visit our webpage: beckybartlab.org  

Selected Publications:

For a current list of publications, please visit Pubmed.

Bart, R., Cohn, M., Kassen, A., McCallum, E. J., Shybut, M., Petriello, A., Krasileva, K., Dahlbeck, D., Medina, C., Alicai, T., Kumar, L., Moreira, L.M., Rodrigues Neto, J., Verdier, V., Santana, M.A., Kositcharoenkul, N., Vanderschuren, H., Gruissem, W., Bernal, A. & Staskawicz, B. (2012). Highthroughput genomic sequencing of cassava bacterial blight strains identifies conserved effectors to target for durable resistance. PNAS, 109(28), E1972-E1979. doi:10.1073/pnas.1208003109

Bart, R. S., Chern, M., Vega-Sánchez, M. E., Canlas, P., & Ronald, P. C. (2010). Rice Snl6, a cinnamoyl-CoA reductase-like gene family member, is required for NH1-mediated immunity to Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae. PLoS genetics, 6(9), e1001123. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1001123

Park, C.-J., Bart, R., Chern, M., Canlas, P. E., Bai, W., & Ronald, P. C. (2010). Overexpression of the endoplasmic reticulum chaperone BiP3 regulates XA21-mediated innate immunity in rice. PloS one, 5(2), e9262. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009262

Park, C.-J., Bart, R., Chern, M., Canlas, P. E., Bai, W., & Ronald, P. C. (2010). Overexpression of the endoplasmic reticulum chaperone BiP3 regulates XA21-mediated innate immunity in rice. PloS one, 5(2), e9262. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009262

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