Villari Forest Pathology Lab

Welcome! Our lab is interested in understanding the interactions among trees, fungal pathogens and insect herbivores, with particular attention to chemical ecological aspects.

Part of our work focuses on symbioses between bark beetles and Ophiostomatoid fungi, and on tree defense mechanisms, driven by the curiosity to understand the role of associated fungi in bark beetle establishment in the host. We are also interested in how abiotic disturbances influence the pathogen/host interaction. Finally, we use cutting-edge molecular techniques to detect invasive species directly in the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lab Members

Caterina Villari

Caterina Villari

Principal Investigator

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Afaq Niyas

Afaq Niyas

Lab Coordinator

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John de Soto

John de Soto

PhD Student

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Simone Lim-Hing

Simone Lim-Hing

PhD Student

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Colton Meinecke

Colton Meinecke

Master Student

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Zack Parker

Zack Parker

Master Student

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Crystal Bishop

Crystal Bishop

Master Student

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