Dr. Petersen Dan
University of Cincinnati, USA
Dr. San-Ji Gao worked at The Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University in July, 1996 and was as a professor of Sugarcane Pathologist and Geneticist in September 2014. Dr. Gao focuses on sugarcane genetic breeding and molecular pathology. His overall research goal is controlling and preventing sugarcane diseases by improving the sugarcane disease-resistance through the use of conventional hybrid breeding and molecular genetics tools. His major research focuses are interesting in (1) Molecular diagnosis of the main sugarcane pathogens in China and on the evaluation of disease-resistance of sugarcane (Saccharum spp. hybrids); (2) Molecular biology on causal pathogens of sugarcane, such as molecular variation, genetic diversity and population genetic structure at gene or genomic levels. Molecular interactions between causal agents and sugarcane hosted plant also are focused; and (3) improving the disease-resistance for elite germplasms and clones of sugarcane through molecular genetic approaches.