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Kurt Lamour




Biology and evolution of plant pathogens in the genus Phytophthora, particularly the vegetable pathogen Phytophthora capsici. Research involves population biology and epidemiology, functional genomics, molecular marker discovery, and the development of high-throughput tools for genomic discovery.

Description of Research

Developing a reverse-genetic tool to efficiently locate mutants carrying heterozygous deleterious point mutations. Also developing tools for SNP discovery and application. Research projects provide opportunities to explore diseases in action (farmers fields)as well as through the molecular/bioinformatic lens. Recently funded to sequence Phytophthora capsici.


  • Ph.D. Michigan State University, Botany and Plant Pathology Department


Gobena, D.*, McGrath, M. T., and K. H. Lamour. 2011. Survival and spread of Phytophthora capsici on Long Island, New York. Mycological Progress (In Press).

Gobena, D.*, Roig, J., Galmarini, C., Hulvey, J.*, and K. H. Lamour. 2011. Genetic diversity of Phytophthora capsici isolates from pepper and pumpkin in Argentina. Mycologia (In Press).

Hulvey, J.*, Hurtado-Gonzales, O.*, Aragon-Caballero, L., Gobena, D.*, Storey, D.*, Finley, L., and K. H. Lamour. 2011. Genetic diversity of the pepper pathogen Phytophthora capsici on farms in the Amazonian high jungle of Peru. American Journal of Plant Sciences.

Hulvey, J.*, S. Telle, L. Nigrelli, K. H. Lamour. and M. Thines. 2011. Salisapiliaceae ? a new family of oomycetes from marsh grass litter of south-eastern North America. Persoonia 25: 109-116.

K. H. Lamour. Stam, R., Jupe, J., and Huitema, E.. 2011. The Oomycete Broad Host range pathogen Phytophthora capsici. Molecular Plant Pathology (In Press).

Correll, J. C., B. Bluhm, C. Feng, K. H. Lamour. L. J. du Toit, and S. Koike. 2010. Spinach: Better management of downy mildew and white rust through genomics. EJPP (in press).

D. Gobena*, S. L. Finley, and K. H. Lamour. 2010. Co-occurrence and genotypic distribution of Phytophthora species recovered from watersheds and plant nurseries of eastern Tennessee. Mycologia 102: 1127-1133.

Hulvey, J., J. Young, L. Finley, and K. H. Lamour. 2010. Loss of heterozygosity in Phytophthora capsici following N-ethyl-nitrosourea mutagenesis. Mycologia 102: 27-32.

B.J. Haas et al, C. Many Authors, and K. H. Lamour. 2009. Genome sequence and comparative analysis of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans. Nature Publication September 17, 2009.

Hurtado-Gonzales, O. P., and K. H. Lamour. 2009. Evidence for inbreeding and apomixis in close crosses of Phytophthora capsici. Plant Pathology 58: 715-722.

Hurtado-Gonzales, O., L.M. Aragon-Caballero, J.G. Flores-Torres, W.A. Man in ¡¯t Veld, and K. H. Lamour. 2009. Molecular comparison of natural hybrids of Phytophthora nicotianae and P. cactorum infecting loquat trees in Peru and Taiwan. Mycologia 101: 492-498.

Aragon-Caballero, L. M., O. P. Hurtado-Gonzales*, J. G. Flores-Torres, W. Apaza-Tapia, and K. H. Lamour. 2008. First Report of Phytophthora nicotianae Causing Asparagus Spear and Root Rot in Peru. Plant Disease 96:982.

Donahoo, R. S.*, and K. H. Lamour. 2008. Characterization of Phytophthora Species from Leaves of Nursery Woody Ornamentals in Tennessee. HortScience 43(6):1833?1837. 2008.

Donahoo, R., and K. H. Lamour. 2008. Interspecific hybridization and apomixis between Phytophthora capsici and Phytophthora tropicalis. Mycologia 100: 911-920.

Gevens, A. J., R. S. Donahoo*, K. H. Lamour. and M. Hausbeck. 2008. Characterization of Phytophthora capsici causing foliar and pod blight of snap beans in Michigan. Plant Dis. 92:201- 209.

Hill, S. N., O. P. Hurtado*, K. H. Lamour. and M. K. Hausbeck. 2008. First Report of Mefenoxam Sensitivity and Pathogenicity of Phytophthora citricola Isolated from American ginseng (Panax quinquefolium). Plant Disease (in press).

Hurtado-Gonzales, O.*, L. Aragon-Caballero, W. Apaza-Tapia, R. Donahoo*, and K. H. Lamour. 2008. Survival and Spread of Phytophthora capsici in Coastal Peru. Phytopathology 98:688-694.

Saude, C., O. P. Hurtado-Gonzales*, K. H. Lamour. and M. K. ausbeck. 2008. Occurrence and characterization of a Phytophthora sp. pathogenic to Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) in Michigan. Phytopathology 98: 1075-1083.

Savidor, A.*, Donahoo, R. S.*, Hurtado-Gonzales, O.*, Land, M. L., Shah, M. B., K. H. Lamour. and McDonald, W. H.. 2008. Cross-species Global Proteomics Reveals Conserved and Unique Processes in Phytophthora sojae and Phytophthora ramorum. Molecular & Cellular Proteomics 7:1501-1516.

Gevens, A. J., R. S. Donahoo*, K. H. Lamour. and M. K. ausbeck. 2007. Characterization of Phytophthora capsici from Michigan surface irrigation water. Phytopathology 97:421-428. K. H. Lamour. J. Win, and S. Kamoun. 2007. Oomycete genomics: newinsights and future directions. FEMS Microbiol Lett 274:1?8.

Saude, C., M. K. Hausbeck, O. Hurtado-Gonzales*, C. Rippetoe*, and K. H. Lamour. 2007. First report of Phytophthora cactorum causing root rot of processing carrots (Daucus carota) in Michigan. Plant Dis. 91:459, published online as doi:10.1094/PDIS-91-4-0459B.

Smith, N. R., R. N. Trigiano, M. T. Windham, K. H. Lamour. S. L. Finley, X. Wang, and T.A. Rinehart. 2007. AFLP Markers Identify Cornus Florida Cultivars And Lines. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 132:90-96.

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