Only a small group of fungal species is successful as plant pathogens through employment of a wide array of molecular mercenary to cause disease. Knowledge of molecular mechanisms governing developmental and physiological adaptations of pathogens that allow plant pathogenic fungi to invade plants, colonize tissues and control host defence reactions is limited. This review provides an overview of the genetics of host-pathogen interactions in plants from gene-for-gene theory to genomics approaches for exploring fungal pathogenesis. The utility of functional genomics approaches such as Expressed Sequence Tags (ESTs), microarray analysis, Serial Analysis of Gene Expression (SAGE), high-throughput transposon-mediated insertional mutagenesis, Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP)-based reporter systems, RNA interference (RNAi) and proteomics for elucidating the molecular mechanisms involved in fungal pathogenesis is discussed.
|Title of host publication
|Current Advances in Molecular Mycology
|Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
|Number of pages
|Published - Dec 1 2008
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
- General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology