The hemibiotrophic lifestyle of Colletotrichum species

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Muencha S, Lingner U, Floss DS, Ludwig N, Sauer N, Deising HB
Journal: Journal of Plant Physiology
Publisher: Elsevier GmbH
Publication year: 2008
Volume: 165
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 41-51
ISSN: 0176-1617
Language: English


Colletotrichum species infect several economically important crop plants. To establish a compatible parasitic interaction, a specialized infection cell, the melanized appressorium, is differentiated on the cuticle of the host. After penetration, an infection vesicle and primary hyphae are formed. These structures do not kill the host cell and show some similarities with haustoria formed by powdery mildews and rust fungi. Therefore, this stage of infection is called biotrophic. Later in the infection process, necrotrophic secondary hyphae spread within and kill the host tissue. The lifestyle of Colletotrichum species is called hemibiotrophic, as biotrophic and necrotrophic developmental stages are sequentially established. As most Colletotrichum species are accessible to molecular techniques, genes can be identified and functionally characterized. Here we demonstrate that Agrobacterium tumefaciens-mediated transformation is a well-suited method for tagging of genes mediating compatibility in the Colletotrichum graminicola-maize interaction. © 2007 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Lingner, Ulrike
Lehrstuhl für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie
Sauer, Norbert Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Molekulare Pflanzenphysiologie

External institutions with authors

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg (MLU)

How to cite

Muencha, S., Lingner, U., Floss, D.S., Ludwig, N., Sauer, N., & Deising, H.B. (2008). The hemibiotrophic lifestyle of Colletotrichum species. Journal of Plant Physiology, 165(1), 41-51.

Muencha, Steffen, et al. "The hemibiotrophic lifestyle of Colletotrichum species." Journal of Plant Physiology 165.1 (2008): 41-51.


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