Making the switch
Filamentous fungi are among the most destructive and economically relevant plant pathogens. Crucial to their success as pathogens is their ability to switch between cellular morphotypes during host infection. Relatively little is known about modifications to the fungal cell surface that enable these organisms to differentiate and maintain infection-related cellular morphotypes during colonization of the hostile host interior.
A research project led by plant pathologist Dr Carl Mesarich is aiming to provide a more comprehensive understanding of these modifications using the apple scab fungus, Venturia inaequalis, as a model. This research will offer new insights into how filamentous fungi cause disease, and may open up new opportunities for disease resistance breeding and pathogen control.
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