Laszlo G. Kovacs, Ph.D.

Laszlo Kovacs

Professor of Biology

Office: Temple Hall 254

Phone: 417-836-6289


Links: Curriculum Vitae

B.Sc.: University of Agricultural Sciences (Presently Szent István University), GödöllÅ‘, Hungary,1986
Ph.D.: University of Missouri Columbia, 1992

Adjunct Appointment: Plant Science Division - University of Missouri-Columbia


Center for Grapevine Biotechnology - Missouri State University

Interdisciplinary Plant Group - University of Missouri-Columbia

American Society of Plant Biologists

Courses taught:

Principles of Genetics  |  BIO 235

General Biology I  |  BIO 121

Areas of Research:

Resistance to the powdery mildew pathogen in Vitis vinifera

Compatible interaction between grapevine and powdery mildew

The biosynthesis of polyphenolic compounds in grape berries

Diseases of Grapevine


Presently, the powdery mildew fungus (Erysiphe necator Schwein.) is controlled by the application of substantial amounts of fungicides.  It is becoming increasingly clear that some of these chemicals can harm the environment, pose risk to human health, or become ineffective by the pathogen’s ability to develop fungicide resistance. Dependence on chemical disease control can be alleviated by the cultivation of grape varieties that are resistant to the pathogen. We are working toward this goal by studying the interaction between E. necator and Vitis vinifera in both a compatible and an incompatible interactions. For more information on resistance breeding against powdery → click here.