Project

Convergent evolution of host adaptation in plant pathogenic fungi.

Duration
01 October 2015 → 30 September 2018
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Scientific computing
    • Bioinformatics and computational biology
    • Plant biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Bioinformatics and computational biology
    • Bioinformatics and computational biology
    • Public health care
    • Public health services
    • Bioinformatics and computational biology
  • Engineering and technology
    • Scientific computing
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Horticultural production
Keywords
toxins effectors plant microbe interactions comparative genomics transcriptomics
 
Project description

Plant-pathogenic fungi are causal agents of diseases of plants worldwide. Plants and pathogens adapt to each other in an co-evolutionary arms race. Here we will study the genomes of Cercospora spp. and Fusarium spp. that cause severe disease on sugarbeet. By genome comparison and transcriptomics we aim to characterize the effectors that these pathogens use to infect their shared host.