The Shim lab @ Texas a&M University

college station, Texas


Fungal pathogens of cereal crops can cause devastating disruption to the global food supply, and the economic loss due to crop diseases can add up to billions of dollars annually worldwide.  The Shim lab at Texas A&M University is focusing on studying fungal pathogens of field crops, particularly Fusarium species. Collectively, these pathogens are responsible for diseases in nearly every agriculturally important crop worldwide. Also, hazardous Fusarium mycotoxins pose a significant threat to global food safety and human health.  Crop losses as well as the regulatory, testing, and management costs associated with mycotoxins in the US tops $1 billion annually.

The Genus Fusarium has had a great negative impact on agriculture and economy but also presents a great opportunity for answering many fundamental questions. We are focusing on advancing molecular aspects of plant-fungal pathogen interactions, with the anticipation that our discoveries will ultimately provide a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms used by pathogenic fungi to incite crop diseases and mycotoxin contamination. To broaden the impact, we are actively pursuing collaboration with colleagues at Texas A&M as well as other prominent institutions worldwide. We have also established exciting research collaborations with colleagues in Texas A&M Engineering to spearhead multidisciplinary projects that can innovate plant pathology research.


Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology

Bioenvironmental Sciences Program