ECCP - Effectors of Cellular Communication at the fungal-Plant interface

Effectors of Cellular Communication at the fungal-Plant interface


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To establish compatible interactions with their hosts, plant pathogenic fungi secrete molecules to modulate host physiology and overcome host immunity. These molecules, known as effectors, include not only small secreted proteins, but also secondary metabolites (SMs) and small interfering RNAs (siRNAs).

The main objectives of our group are to understand (1) the mode of action and plant targets of fungal effectors and (2) the mechanisms of communication between fungi and plants.

For our work we use two fungal models that display contrasting trophic behaviours (necrotrophy and hemibiotrophy), namely Botrytis cinerea and Colletotrichum higginsianum. Abundant genomic/transcriptomic data and genetic tools are available for both fungi, as well as mutants and transgenic lines of Arabidopsis thaliana, a host that is shared by both pathogens.


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Preprint about the complete genome of the Medicago anthracnose fungus, Colletotrichum destructivum, reveals a mini-chromosome-like region within a core chromosome.
Junior Research Scientist in cell biology - Functional role of extracellular vesicles in plant-fungus interactions.

Modification date : 03 April 2024 | Publication date : 09 November 2018 | Redactor : ECCP group