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Marin Talbot Brewer

Associate Professor of Mycology
  • Plant Pathology
Shipping Address:
Athens, CAES Campus

Brewer Mycology Lab

Academic Background

Ph.D. Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell University, 2011
M.S. Plant, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Maine, 2003
B.S. Biology, University of Cincinnati, 1998

Research Interests and Current Efforts

Evolution and diversity of plant-pathogenic fungi.

Recent Publications

An updated list of current publications is available here at Google Scholar Citations

H. Li, K.L. Stevenson, M.T. Brewer. 2016. Differences in sensitivity to a triazole fungicide among Stagonosporopsis species causing gummy stem blight of cucurbits. Plant Disease, accepted.

H. Li, M.T. Brewer. 2016. Population dynamics and spatial genetic structure of gummy stem blight fungi in the southeastern U.S. Phytopathology, in press.

R.H. Garampalli, M.K. Gopalkrishna, H. Li, M.T. Brewer. 2016. Two Stagonosporopsis species identified as causal agents of gummy stem blight epidemics of gherkin cucumber (Cucumis sativus) in Karnataka, India. Eur J Plant Pathology 145:507-512.

W.O. Cline,M.T. Brewer. Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot. Highbush Blueberry. Compendium of Blueberry and Cranberry Diseases. 2nd edition. Eds. J. Polashock et al. APS Press, in press.

J.E. Stewart, K. Brooks, P.M. Brannen, W.O. Cline, M.T. Brewer. 2015. Elevated genetic diversity in the emerging blueberry pathogen Exobasidium maculosum. PLOS ONE 10:e0132545.

M.T. Brewer, M. Rath, H.-X. Li. 2015. Genetic diversity and population structure of cucurbit gummy stem blight fungi based on microsatellite markers. Phytopathology 105:815-824.

J.E. Stewart, A.N. Turner, M.T. Brewer. 2015. Evolutionary history and variation in host range of three Stagonosporopsis species causing gummy stem blight of cucurbits. Fungal Biology 119:370-382.

C. Chen, C.H. Bock, P.M. Brannen, J.E. Adaskaveg, M.W. Hotchkiss, M.T. Brewer, B.W. Wood. 2014. Genetic variability among populations of Fusicladium species from different host trees and geographic locations in the USA. Mycological Progress 13:1179-1190.

M.T. Brewer, A.N. Turner, P.M. Brannen, W.O. Cline, E.A. Richardson. 2014. Exobasidium maculosum, a new species causing leaf and fruit spots on blueberry in the southeastern USA, and its relationship with other Exobasidium spp. parasitic to blueberry and cranberry. Mycologia 106:415-423.

J. DeLong, M.T. Brewer. 2013. Macrobybe titans: largest species of mushrooms in Western Hemisphere found growing in Georgia. CAES Extension Publications C1033

B. Asalf, D.M. Gandoury, A.M. Tronsmo, R. C. Seem, L. Cadle-Davidson, M.T. Brewer, and A. Stensvand. 2013. Temperature regulates the initiation of chasmothecia in powdery mildew of strawberry. Phytopathology 103:717-724.

M.T. Brewer, O. Frenkel, and M.G. Milgroom. 2012. Linkage disequilibrium and spatial aggregation of genotypes in sexually reproducing populations of Erysiphe necator. Phytopathology 102:997-1005.

N. Zhang, M.T. Brewer, E. van der Knaap. 2012. Fine mapping of fw3.2 controlling fruit weight in tomato. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 125:273-284.

O. Frenkel, I. Portillo, M.T. Brewer, J-P. Péros, L. Cadle-Davidson, and M.G. Milgroom. 2012. Development of microsatellite markers from the transcriptome of Erysiphe necator for analyzing population structure in North America and Europe. Plant Pathology 61:106-119.

M.T. Brewer, L. Cadle-Davidson, P. Cortesi, P. Spanu, and M.G. Milgroom. 2011. Identification of mating-type genes and development of PCR-based markers for mating type in powdery mildew fungi. Fungal Genetics and Biology 48:704-713.

P.D. Spanu, J.C Abbott, J. Amselem, T.A. Burgis, D.M. Soanes, K. Stu¨ber, E.V.L van Themaat, J.K.M. Brown, S.A. Butcher, S.J. Gurr, M.H. Lebrun, C.J. Ridout, P. Schulze-Lefert, N.J. Talbot, N. Ahmadinejad, C. Ametz, G.R. Barton, M. Benjdia, P. Bidzinski, L.V. Bindschedler, M. Both, M.T. Brewer, L. Cadle-Davidson, M.M. Cadle-Davidson, J. Collemare, R. Cramer, L.R. Francisco, O. Frenkel, D. Godfrey, J. Harriman, C. Hoede, B.C. King, S. Klages, J. Kleemann, D. Knoll, P.S. Koti, J. Kreplak, X. Lu, T. Maekawa, S. Mahanil, M.G. Milgroom, G. Montana, S. Noir, R.J. O’Connell, S. Oberhänsli, F. Parlange, C. Pedersen, H. Quesneville, R. Reinhardt, M. Rott, S. Sacristán, S.M. Schmidt, M. Schön, P. Skamnioti, H. Sommer, H. Takahara, H. Thordal-Christensen, M. Vigouroux, R. Weßling, T. Wicker, R. Panstruga.  2010.  Genome expansion and gene loss in powdery mildew fungi reveal functional tradeoffs in extreme parasitism. Science 331:1543-1546.

M.T. Brewer and M.G. Milgroom. 2010. Phylogeography and population structure of the grape powdery mildew fungus, Erysiphe necator, from diverse Vitis species. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:268.

O. Frenkel, M.T. Brewer and M.G. Milgroom. 2010. Variation in pathogenicity and aggressiveness of Erysiphe necator from different Vitis species and geographic origins in the eastern United States. Phytopathology 100:1185-1193.

M.G. Milgroom, K. Sotirovski, M. Risteski, and M.T. Brewer. 2009.  Heterokaryons and recombinants of Cryphonectria parasitica in two clonal populations in southeastern Europe. Fungal Genetics and Biology 46:849-854.

M.J. Gonzalo, M. Talbot Brewer, C. Anderson, D. Sullivan, S. Gray, E. van der Knaap. 2009. Fruit shape analysis using morphometric and morphology attributes implemented in Tomato Analyzer Software Program. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 134:77-87.

M.G. Milgroom, K. Sotirovski, D. Spica, J.E. Davis, M.T. Brewer, and P. Cortesi. 2008. Clonal population structure of the chestnut blight fungus in expanding ranges in southeastern Europe and Turkey. Molecular Ecology 17:4446-4458.

M. Talbot Brewer, J.B. Moyseenko, A.J. Monforte, and E. van der Knaap. 2007. Morphological variation in tomato: a comprehensive study of quantitative trait loci controlling fruit shape and development. Journal of Experimental Botany 58:1339-1349.

M. Talbot Brewer, K. Fujimura, L. Lang, N. Dujmovic, S. Gray, and E. van der Knaap. 2006. Development of a controlled vocabulary and software application to analyze fruit shape variation in tomato and other plant species. Plant Physiology 141:15-25, cover.

M. Talbot Brewer and R.P. Larkin. 2005. Efficacy of several potential biocontrol organisms against Rhizoctonia solani on potato. Crop Protection 24:939-950.