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Entomology and Nematology Department

Entomology and Nematology Department

Dr. Peter DiGennaro

Assistant Professor
Molecular Nematology

Peter DiGennaro is interested in the molecular basis of nematode parasitism in plants. His research primarily focuses on the Root-Knot Nematode (Meloidogyne spp.); specifically, he is concerned with nematode derived signaling molecules and subsequent host responses. The lab utilizes an array of genomic, genetic and biochemical tools to understand the fundamental mechanisms behind nematode host range, parasitism, and plant responses. The goal of our research is to develop novel avenues for safe and sustainable nematode control strategies.

  • Research

    My program is rooted in molecular plant nematology.  I utilize genomic, genetic and biochemical tools to elucidate the mechanisms by which nematodes cause plant disease and impact crop yield. My research is largely focused on the root-knot nematode (RKN; Meloidognye spp.) due to the genomic tools available and the agricultural impact of this nematode within the state of Florida and world-wide. RKN invade plant roots, migrate intracellularly, and form feeding sites known as Giant Cells from plant parenchyema cells. My research aims to identify and characterize the nematode signaling molecules involved in this intimate symbiosis as well as the host responses to nematode parasitism.

Dr. Peter Digennaro

Contact

PO Box 110620
3108 Steinmetz Hall (Bldg #970)
1881 Natural Area Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611-0620
(352) 273-3959
pdigennaro@ufl.edu