Infection of plants by rust fungi

Rust fungus infecting a leaf. Photo by Maryam Rafiqi.

Description

Fungal pathogens secrete effector proteins that are transported into the cytoplasm of host plant cells

Recent research has shown that fungal pathogens secrete effector proteins that are transported into the cytoplasm of host plant cells where they can suppress plant defences and alter plant cell structure and metabolism to support pathogen growth and development. Our research aims to determine the molecular basis of effector protein uptake into the plant cytoplasm and function.

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