Frances Meehan Latterell

Botanist, Deceased Person

1920 – 2008

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Who was Frances Meehan Latterell?

Frances Meehan Latterell was an American plant pathologist whose research in the late 1940s opened a major new area of inquiry into the physiological basis of plant disease. She was the senior author on a classic 1947 paper showing that the toxin victorin, produced by the pathogenic fungus Helminthosporium victoriae, caused symptoms of Victoria blight of oats, a new disease first described by Latterell and her major professor in 1946. This discovery of a host-specific toxin, as victorin was later named, gave scores of subsequent researchers new model systems for studying plant disease.

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Born
Dec 21, 1920
Religion
  • Atheism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Died
Nov 5, 2008

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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