You are starting your own lab and have been given open-ended funding from a
generous donor to pursue advanced "-omics" approaches to completely understand the
influence of environment on growth and development of Plasmopara obducens (powdery
mildew) on Impatiens walleriana.
Assume the following:
There are no advanced "-omics" data on either the pathogen or the host.
You can grow the pathogen on defined media in a lab.
You can readily infect the host with the pathogen.
Environmental factors are known to influence disease severity and/or progression.
Your task is to develop a research program that will identify molecular targets for
combatting this pathogen using advanced "-omics" approaches. Be as broad as
possible and keep in mind the multiple levels that constitute gene expression regulation.
You must also consider experimental design and data analysis (and confirmation of
results if appropriate).