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Australian Centre for Necrotrophic Fungal Pathogens; Phase 3 Pleosporales Functional Genomics

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Necrotrophic diseases are caused by fungal pathogens that benefit from causing damage to the plant, in contrast to biotrophs that benefit from maintaining the host cells in a living state... The most important necrotrophic foliar diseases in Australia are Stagonospora nodorum blotch and tan spot on wheat, two net-blotch diseases of barley, diseases of legumes caused by the Ascochyta group and canola blackleg... A series of studies by us and our collaborator Friesen have shown that different isolates of S. nodorum can be placed in different races depending on which of up to 17 different effectors are produced...
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