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Published on April 23, 2020

Stefanos Stravoravdis and Biology Professor Jonathan Hulvey Publish Research

New research into antifungal resistance, conducted by Eastern Connecticut State University student Stefanos Stravoravdis '20 of Colchester and mentored by Biology Professor Jonathan Hulvey, was recently published in the international science journal "Mycobiology."

Titled "Widespread occurrence of a CYP51A pseudogene in Calonectria pseudonaviculata," the article discusses an invasive fungal pathogen that causes boxwood blight and threatens nursery growers in the Connecticut and abroad. Stravoravdis is a biology and mathematics double major.

The paper shows that a unique gene involved in antifungal tolerance is widespread in the fungus that causes boxwood blight, Calonectria pseudonaviculata. Stravoravdis says his findings may have "implications for the evolution of resistance to azole fungicides in this invasive pathogen."