Some examples of research projects from Dr. Taylor's lab are described below.
Harlan Svoboda (B.S. 2011) examined reproductive structure of the bird's nest fungus (Cyathus striatus) and investigated physical and chemical factors that affected their germination.
Ultrastructure of diseased plants
Master science teachers studied the physiological effects of leaf spots on indiangrass (Sorgastrum nutans) and examined diseased tissue for the presence of fungal reproductive structures (Summer 2011).
New host - pathogen combinations
Madison Nelson (M.S. 2013) identified Phomasorghina as a leaf spot pathogen of S. nutans and used electron microscopy to examine the infection process.
Paul Gray (M.S. 2010) used scanning electron microscopy to characterize the surface morphology of disease
resistant genotypes of S.nutans.
Dr. Shiyou Li and Dr. Taylor characterized micromorphological variations of Camptotheca Decaisne (Pharmaceutical Crops 2014, 5:116-119).