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ASM Attends UN General Assembly

ASM President, Susan Sharp, Ph.D., joined global leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York today in a historical meeting to focus on the commitment to fight AMR.
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UN General Assembly Focuses on AMR

Leaders at the UN General Assembly draft a plan for coordinated, cross-cutting efforts to improve the current state of AMR.
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If antibiotics were telephones, we would still be calling each other using clunky rotary dials and copper lines," Stefano Bertuzzi, CEO of ASM, told NBC News.
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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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