Phytophthora pathogenicity

Phytophthora spores germinating. Photo/SEM Roger Heady and Adrienne Hardham


Phytophthora species are fungus-like plant pathogens that cause destructive diseases in important crop plants worldwide and extensive damage to native ecosystems in Australia. They produce motile spores that initiate plant infection. We study key aspects of Phytophthora pathogenicity mechanism including spore motility and adhesion and the role of cell wall degrading enzymes in plant penetration.

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