Phytophthora and the oomycetes — a two lecture series
An introduction to the amazing world of the oomycetes, which include some of the most destructive plant pathogens. These are the slides and notes of Sophien Kamoun’s lectures given to undergraduate students in January 2016 as part of the UEA BIO 6007B course, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park. Don’t miss the videos below.
Summary — What you will learn — Phytophthora and the oomycetes
Infection cycle and diversity
Genome architecture and evolution
Virulence mechanisms: effector biology
Host resistance and evasion of resistance
Breeding host resistance: prospects and challenges
Further reading, videos, and acknowledgements
Kamoun, S. 2014. Keeping up with the plant destroyers.
Fisher et al. 2012. Emerging fungal threats to animal, plant and ecosystem health. Nature.
Kamoun Lab @ TSL
@PlantVillage inaugural blog post: Keeping Up With The Plant Destroyers
Features of sequenced oomycete genomes. See Pais et al. 2013. Genome Biology.
The two-speed genomes of filamentous pathogens: waltz with plants. Dong et al. 2015. Current Opinion in Genetics & Development.
Effector Biology of Plant-associated Organisms: Concepts and Perspectives. Win et al. 2012. Cold Spring Harbor Symposium on Quantitative Biology, 77:235–247.
Hot potatoes! BASF drops GM spud plans in EU. BBC. 2013.
MutMap and next-gene crop breeding.
Plant genome editing made easy by CRISPR. Belhaj et al. Plant Methods. 2013.