Welcome to the Agroecologist Incognito blog.  I am an agroecologist by training, and with this blog I hope to make an independent contribution to the discourse on agroecology and sustainable agriculture.


Pierce’s Disease and the microbiome

As if you needed any more evidence that microbiomes matter, wife-and-husband team Caroline Roper and Philippe Rolshausen have given us a microbiome study around the phenomenon of grapevines that escape Pierce’s disease.   Winegrapes as a crop are uniquely susceptible to diseases due to their propagation method.  Existing grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, …

resistance gene networks

Plant breeders face a conundrum when it comes to plant diseases. The most powerful disease resistance genes, if not managed well, will quickly become useless. Plants have an innate immune system that recognizes certain molecules that are typically found on pathogens. When a microbe presenting a typical molecular signature enters a plant, the plant basically …