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Fungal and Oomycete Diseases

Tör, M. ORCID: and Woods-Tör, Alison (2016) Fungal and Oomycete Diseases. In: Encyclopedia of Applied Plant Sciences (2nd Edition). Academic Press, Waltham, MA, pp. 77-82. ISBN Print: 9780123948076 eBook: 9780123948083

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Fungal and oomycete pathogens are the causal agents of many important plant diseases. They affect crops that are staple foods for humans and livestock and are responsible for significant economic losses every year. This in turn generates a global social impact. Although fungi and oomycetes evolved separately, they share similar strategies and weaponry to attack plants. Here we review the challenges to global food security posed by these pathogens, current technologies used for detection and diagnostics, the latest understanding of pathogens' strategies to colonize plants, and current and future control measures. Genomic sequences of several important fungal and oomycete pathogens, as well as many crop plants, are now available and are helping to increase understanding of host–pathogen interactions. Recent developments in this field are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: biotrophs, disease, effectors, fungi, necrotrophs, oomycetes; toxins
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Janet Davidson
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2016 12:36
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:14

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