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Tennessee State University

Korsi Dumenyo, a native of Ghana is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. He received his undergraduate education in Ghana and did his graduate work at Tuskegee University and University of Missouri. Following postdoctoral studies at UC-Riverside, he joined the faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Science at Tennessee State University.

Dumenyo’s research focuses on two important plant diseases, bacterial soft rot caused by Pectobacterium and Dickeya species which infects more than 80 cultivated plant species, and bacterial wilt of cucurbits, also a devastating disease caused by insect-vectored Erwinia tracheiphila. Crops across the US and the world are vulnerable to these two diseases and together, these diseases inflict losses on almost one hundred crop plants. The goal of his research is gain understanding into the molecular mechanism of how these bacterial pathogens cause disease and to generate the knowledge necessary for designing effective management and control strategies.

Using molecular approaches, Dr. Dumenyo and his team are characterizing the pathogen and host components that interact to produce disease. Their specific research efforts include:

  1. Developing molecular tools to enhance the study of these organisms;
  2. Examining the pathogens to identify the genetic constituents that enable them to cause disease; and
  3. Identifying plant components that make them vulnerable to attack by the specific pathogens.

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