Louis K. Prom

Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, USA

Louis K. Prom was born in Banjul, Gambia, in 1955. He received his B.S. degree in biology from the Walsh University, Canton, OH, USA, M.S. degree in soil and plant science from the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Normal, AL, USA, and a Ph.D. degree in plant pathology from the North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, USA. Currently, he is a Research Plant Pathologist at the United States Department of Agriculture, Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center in College Station, TX, USA. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Texas A&M University and an external reviewer for Plant Disease Journal, Phytopathology, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology, Crop Protection Journal, Crop Science, Mycological Research Journal, Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, Tropical and Subtropical Agroecosystems Journal, Tropical Plant Pathology, HortTechnology, and the South African National Research Foundation. He has hosted visiting scientists from many countries, including China, Cameroon, Mexico, and Senegal for short-term laboratory training on plant disease screening techniques. Over the years, he has received certificates of recognition from a number of phytopathological societies. His focus is to develop control strategies through the identification of resistance sources, identification of molecular markers, and the development of diagnostic probes for fast screening of susceptible/resistant cultivars to minimize the impact of sorghum diseases such as anthracnose, grain mold, head smut, and downy mildew. Each of these fungal pathogens is an emerging problem that affects sorghum production efficiency, grain quality, and the overall economic and nutritional value of the grain.

Biography Updated on 15 August 2012

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