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Researcher: Mehdi Kabbage

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Areas of Expertise
  • Pathogens
  • Disease
  • Plant health
  • Weather
  • Microorganisms
  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Physiology
  • Fungi
  • Bacterial pathogens
  • Necrotrophic fungal pathogenesis
  • How the inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) protein family members function as cell death inhibitors in plants
Web Site Mehdi Kabbage's Department of Plant Pathology Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20150313221 - Antimicrobial ferulic acid derivatives and uses thereof, published November 2015.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Aspartyl protease-mediated cleavage of bag6 is necessary for autophagy and fungal resistance in plants. Li Y, Kabbage M, Liu W, Dickman MB. Plant Cell. 2016 Jan;28(1):233-47. doi: 10.1105/tpc.15.00626. Epub 2016 Jan 6.

  • Pathogenic attributes of sclerotinia sclerotiorum: Switching from a biotrophic to necrotrophic lifestyle. Kabbage M, Yarden O, Dickman MB. Plant Sci. 2015 Apr;233:53-60. doi: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2014.12.018. Epub 2014 Dec 31. Review.

  • Plant-derived antifungal agent poacic acid targets β-1,3-glucan. Piotrowski JS, Okada H, Lu F, Li SC, Hinchman L, Ranjan A, Smith DL, Higbee AJ, Ulbrich A, Coon JJ, Deshpande R, Bukhman YV, McIlwain S, Ong IM, Myers CL, Boone C, Landick R, Ralph J, Kabbage M, Ohya Y. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Mar 24;112(12):E1490-7. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1410400112. Epub 2015 Mar 9.

  • Cell death control: The interplay of apoptosis and autophagy in the pathogenicity of sclerotinia sclerotiorum. Kabbage M, Williams B, Dickman MB. PLoS Pathog. 2013;9(4):e1003287. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1003287. Epub 2013 Apr 11.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Plant Microbe Interactions
  • Texas A&M University, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Plant Genomics and Biotechnology
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Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-262-0506
Current University UW–Madison
Department Plant Pathology
Title Assistant Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 Russell Laboratories
Address Line 2 1630 Linden Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., Ecole d'Ingénieurs de Purpan, Engineering
Master's Degree M.S., Kansas State University, Plant Pathology
PhD Ph.D., Kansas State University, Plant Pathology
Other Degrees
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