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Dillon McCallum

Graduate Research Assistant (MS Student) | Plant Sciences
Overview

Dillon McCallum is an M.S. candidate in the Plant Sciences Department. Prior to moving to Tennessee, he received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan. Dillon is primarily interested in creating low-input turfgrass cultivars that are economically affordable and environmentally friendly. Currently, he is attempting to characterize what genes in creeping bentgrass are upregulated in response to the fungus, dollar spot (Clarireedia spp.).

Research Focus

Discover novel disease control methods and create environmentally sustainable turfgrass cultivars

Research Questions
  • Can marker-assisted selection create a creeping bentgrass cultivar that is genetically resistant to the fungus, Dollar Spot (Clarireedia spp.)?
  • Does the genetic expression of colonial bentgrass differ from creeping bentgrass after inoculation with Dollar Spot (Clarireedia spp.)?
  • Can treatment with UVB be as effective as fungicide applications?
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Lab Members
David Shell
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Dillon McCallum

Graduate Research Assistant (MS Student) | Plant Sciences
Dillon McCallum image
Overview

Dillon McCallum is an M.S. candidate in the Plant Sciences Department. Prior to moving to Tennessee, he received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan. Dillon is primarily interested in creating low-input turfgrass cultivars that are economically affordable and environmentally friendly. Currently, he is attempting to characterize what genes in creeping bentgrass are upregulated in response to the fungus, dollar spot (Clarireedia spp.).

Research Focus

Discover novel disease control methods and create environmentally sustainable turfgrass cultivars

Research Questions
  • Can marker-assisted selection create a creeping bentgrass cultivar that is genetically resistant to the fungus, Dollar Spot (Clarireedia spp.)?
  • Does the genetic expression of colonial bentgrass differ from creeping bentgrass after inoculation with Dollar Spot (Clarireedia spp.)?
  • Can treatment with UVB be as effective as fungicide applications?
Lab Members
David Shell
Web Presence