Sarah Covert
Professor of Forest Resources
Ph.D. (1990) University of Wisconsin, Madison
Phone: 706-542-1205
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Research Interests
The research in the Covert lab focuses on two different fungal diseases of pine, pitch canker and fusiform rust. In our study of these problems we are addressing three broad questions: How do fungi cause plant disease symptoms? How do asymptomatic endophytes and obligately biotrophic fungi grow within their host plants? How do fungal pathogens and plant hosts influence each other's development?
  • Morse, A.M., Nelson, C.D., Covert, S.F., Holliday, A.G., Smith, K.E. and J.M. Davis. 2004. Pine genes regulated by the necrotrophic pathogen Fusarium circinatum. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 109: 922-932.
  • Warren, J.M., and S.F. Covert. 2004. Differential expression of pine and Cronartium quercuum f. sp. fusiforme genes in fusiform rust galls. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 70: 441-451.
  • Shiflett A., J. Enkerli, and S.F. Covert. 2002. Nht2, a copia LTR retrotransposon from a conditionally dispensable chromosome in Nectria haematococca. Current Genetics 41: 99-106.
  • Tsuchiya D., A. Matsumoto, S. F. Covert, C. R. Bronson, and M. Taga. 2002. Physical mapping of plasmid and cosmid clones in filamentous fungi by fiber-FISH. Fungal Genetics and Biology 37: 29-38.
  • Kelkar, H.S., J. Griffith, M.E. Case, S.F. Covert, R.D. Hall, C.H. Keith, J.S. Oliver, M.J. Orbach, M.S. Sachs, J.R. Wagner, M.J. Weise, J.K. Wunderlich, and J. Arnold. 2001. The Neurospora crassa Genome: Cosmid libraries sorted by chromosome. Genetics 157: 979-990.
  • Covert, S.F., P. Kapoor, M.-H. Lee, A. Briley and C.J. Nairn. 2001. Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation of Fusarium circinatum. Mycological Research 105: 259-264.
  • Enkerli, J., H. Reed, A. Briley, G. Bhatt and S.F. Covert. 2000. Physical map of a conditionally dispensable chromosome in Nectria haematococca MP VI and location of chromosome breakpoints. Genetics 155: 1083-1094.
  • Wallace, M.M. and S.F. Covert. 2000. A molecular mating type assay for Fusarium circinatum. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 66: 5506-5508.
  • Covert, S.F., A. Briley, M.M. Wallace and V.T. McKinney. 1999. Partial MAT-2 gene structure and the influence of temperature on mating success in Gibberella circinata. Fungal Genetics and Biology 28:43-54.
  • “Allele Discovery for Genes Controlling Economic Traits in Loblolly Pine”, USDA
  • “Biotechnology Approaches to the Control of Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome”, United Soybean Board
  • “Biocontrol of Annosum Root Disease”, Georgia Traditional Industry Program in Pulp and Paper.
  • Nectria haematococca MPV1: a Candidate for Fungal Genome Sequencing”, DOE Joint Genome Institute