Dr. Rahnama's research published in 'Nature, Ecology, and Evolution'
Dr. Mostafa Rahnama’s research, “Recent co-evolution of two pandemic plant diseases in a multi-hybrid swarm,” was just published in the November 2023 edition of the journal “Nature, Ecology and Evolution.” Dr. Rahnama was first author on this publication in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Kentucky, the USDA Weed Science Research Unit, Kansas State University, Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria in Uraguay, and Universidade Federal de Viçosa in Brazil.
View the open access article here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-023-02237-z.
In this paper, Rahnama and colleagues revealed the genetic evolution processes that led to two epidemic outbreaks, wheat blast and grey leaf spot, during the late 20th century in South America. Today, wheat blast is recognized as the most dangerous plant pathogen globally, posing a substantial risk to global food security.