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Rosemary Ford

Associate Professor of Biology The Alonzo G. and Virginia Gent Decker Professor in the Natural Sciences
Education
  • B.S., New Mexico State University, 1971
  • M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1976
  • Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1981
Research

Research Program Summary

Many secrets of plant evolution can be found in their DNA sequences. I study two classes of sequences found in native Rhododendron called Gypsy and Copia. Another aspect of my research is looking at fungi that live symbiotically in these same plants. Surprisingly, many species of fungi live within their bright green leaves.