Insights into plant pathogenic fungal effectors from agricultural, forest and natural ecosystems

Date: Wednesday 26th April

Time: 09:15-15:00

Location: Seminar room 2402, Biocentre 3, Viikinkaari 1


09:15 – 10:00 Pietro Spanu
Teaching lecture - Introduction to Fungal Effectors
10:00 – 10:30 Coffee
10:30 – 11:15 Pietro Spanu
Research Talk – RNAse-Like Effectors: a useful tool to unlock plant immunity?
11:15 – 11:45 Kirk Overmyer
Effector evolution in Taphrina betulina, an early diverging Ascomycete and causative agent of birch witches’ broom disease.
11:45 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 13:30 Anna-Liisa Laine
Investigating the role of effectors in wild plant-pathogen interactions.
13:30 – 14:15 Fred Asiegbu
Functional analysis of small secreted proteins (SSPs) or effectors (?) in a conifer tree pathogen.
14:15 – 15:00
Discussion and questions of assigned literature

Plants and microbes interact in a complex relationship that can have both harmful and beneficial impacts on both plant and microbial communities. Effectors, small secreted microbial proteins that alter plant processes and facilitate colonization, have emerged as key to uncovering the complicated interplay between plants and microbes. This mini-symposium brings together scientists working on the molecular basis, ecology and evolution of this important class of microbial molecules in fungi across agricultural, forest and natural ecosystems.

Lectures open to ALL!


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