Tyler Miller — Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

Photo of student in research labTyler Miller

Herbicide resistance is one of the fastest growing issues in agriculture and will only worsen in the coming years. Agriscience companies are spending billions of dollars to combat this problem. Spotted spurge, a creeping weed, has become resistant to ALS-inhibiting herbicides. The goal of Tyler’s research is to deduce exactly why the resistance formed. Figuring out how things evolve and adapt can be beneficial to more than simply plants and farmers. The same problems arise in bacteria and viruses that are resistant to antibiotics. Any research determining how things adapt to changing conditions contributes to finding solutions in multiple disciplines. Tyler hopes that through his research in genomics, resistance and weed science he can help determine exactly what can be done to prevent plants from becoming resistant to herbicides. Tyler plans to continue studying genetics after graduation, and his ultimate goal is to publish his research.

Project Title: Identifying the Mechanism of Resistance to the ALS-Inhibiting Herbicide Metsulfuron in Spotted Spruge (Euphorbia maculate)
Mentor: Dr. J. Scott McElroy