Corteva Research Speaker

 

Our featured Corteva research speaker is Dr. Petra Wolters:

Global Plant Pathology Leader, Plant Breeding Research & Development, Corteva Agriscience ™, New Holland, PA

Petra Wolters is leading the Global Plant Pathology group at Corteva Agriscience ™. Her team focuses on providing Plant Pathology support for the global plant breeding organization. Responsibilities of the group include inoculum production, assay development, field and controlled environment phenotyping, phytosanitary processes and disease diagnostics. Her group also studies plant pathogens and is interested in understanding pathogen genetics as it relates to interactions with plant genes that are involved in conferring disease resistance.

You can contact her at petra.wolters@corteva.com

 

Dr. Wolters’s education and experience:

Agricultural Engineer (Landbouwkundig Ingenieur, Ir.), 1983-1988. Department of Plant Breeding, Agricultural University Wageningen (Landbouwuniversiteit Wageningen), Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Thesis: Predictions of yield values of wheat lines based on the F3-generation

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), 1988-1992. Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA.

Thesis: Heritability of resistance to Erwinia soft rot in diploid potatoes (Solanum phureja-S. stenotomum).

Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Dept. of Horticultural Science, NCSU, USA   (1992-1994)

Worked with sweet potato – disease assay development and genetic studies for resistance to Streptomyces ipmoea.  Adapted the RAPD marker technique for sweetpotato and wild relatives to identify markers linked to nectary color and male sterility in Ipomoea trifida.

Research Scientist at CPRO-DLO (Centre for Plant Breeding and Reproduction Research), The Netherlands   (1994-1998)

 QTL mapping and gene cloning for resistance to Globodera pallida and Phytophthora infestans derived from wild Solanum species.

Dupont/Dupont Pioneer/Corteva Agriscience 

1998 – 2017

Started in 1998 in DuPont leading a team responsible for developing SSR markers and setting up a molecular marker lab for wheat.   Continued to lead a group responsible for QTL fine-mapping, gene identification, allele mining and allele optimization in maize, wheat and sorghum.  Generated data using the latest advancements in genomics technology and tool development to identify targets for transgenic and genome-editing opportunities for disease resistance, agronomics, and plant architecture.

2018 – present

Leading the Global Plant Pathology group at Corteva Agriscience. Her team focuses on providing Plant Pathology support for the global plant breeding organization.  Responsibilities of the group include inoculum production, assay development, phenotyping, phytosanitary processes and disease diagnostics.  Her group also studies plant pathogens and is interested in understanding pathogen genetics as it relates to interactions with plant genes that are involved in conferring disease resistance.