Sexual reproduction in the fungal foliar pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici is driven by antagonistic density-dependence mechanisms

Sexual reproduction in the fungal foliar pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici is driven by antagonistic density-dependence mechanisms

This study provides empirical evidence for antagonistic density-dependence mechanisms driving sexual reproduction in the wheat fungal pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici. Biparental crosses with 12 increasing inoculum concentrations, in controlled conditions, showed that sexual reproduction in Z. tritici...

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ERC-funded postdoc position

ERC-funded postdoc position

Presso il laboratorio di Caroline Gutjahr (Weihenstephan Campus della Technical University in Freising - Monaco)  è immediatamente disponibile una posizione postdoc nell'ambito del progetto ERC “Regulatory networks of plant cell rearrangement during symbiont accommodation –...

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The Enhancement of Plant Disease Resistance Using CRISPR/Cas9 Technology

The Enhancement of Plant Disease Resistance Using CRISPR/Cas9 Technology

Genome editing technologies have progressed rapidly and become one of the most important genetic tools in the implementation of pathogen resistance in plants. Recent years have witnessed the emergence of site directed modification methods using meganucleases, zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs),...

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Genomic Structural Variations Affecting Virulence During Clonal Expansion of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae Biovar 3 in Europe

Genomic Structural Variations Affecting Virulence During Clonal Expansion of Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae Biovar 3 in Europe


Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) biovar 3 caused pandemic bacterial canker of Actinidia chinensis and Actinidia deliciosa since 2008. In Europe, the disease spread rapidly in the kiwifruit cultivation areas from a single introduction. In this study, we investigated the genomic diversity...

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The Genome Biology of Effector Gene Evolution in Filamentous Plant Pathogens

The Genome Biology of Effector Gene Evolution in Filamentous Plant Pathogens


Filamentous pathogens, including fungi and oomycetes, pose major threats to global food security. Crop pathogens cause damage by secreting effectors that manipulate the host to the pathogen's advantage. Genes encoding such effectors are among the most rapidly evolving genes in pathogen genomes....

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Xylella fastidiosa: Insights into an Emerging Plant Pathogen

Xylella fastidiosa: Insights into an Emerging Plant Pathogen

The bacterium Xylella fastidiosa re-emerged as a plant pathogen of global importance in 2013 when it was first associated with an olive tree disease epidemic in Italy. The current threat to Europe and the Mediterranean basin, as well as other world regions, has increased as multiple X. fastidiosa...

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The Future of Nanotechnology in Plant Pathology

The Future of Nanotechnology in Plant Pathology

Engineered nanoparticles are materials between 1 and 100 nm and exist as metalloids, metallic oxides, nonmetals, and carbon nanomaterials and as functionalized dendrimers, liposomes, and quantum dots. Their small size, large surface area, and high reactivity have enabled their use as bactericides/...

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CRISPR Crops: Plant Genome Editing Toward Disease Resistance

CRISPR Crops: Plant Genome Editing Toward Disease Resistance

Genome editing by sequence-specific nucleases (SSNs) has revolutionized biology by enabling targeted modifications of genomes. Although routine plant genome editing emerged only a few years ago, we are already witnessing the first applications to improve disease resistance. In particular,...

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