The Bull Penn is the pet name for the laboratory directed by Dr. Carolee T. Bull in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology at Penn State University.
Research in my lab focuses on elucidating the etiology of bacterial pathogens of plants and biological and nonchemical control of plant pathogens. Understanding the taxonomy of bacterial pathogens and the breadth of their diversity on plants allows us to target specific populations for disease control. Our projects are derived from real world disease epidemics faced by regional crop producers. We bring cutting edge technologies to bare on illuminating the details of ecological relationships between the microbes and plants, the environment and other microorganisms. This understanding is then brought back to the field to solve disease management issues. One of the primary goals of our program is to understand the pathovar structure of phytobacterial pathogens and to propose alternative classifications that help the understanding of the complex relationships among bacterial plant pathogens.