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BIOLOGICAL CONTROL OF ROOT PATHOGENS BY VA MYCORRHIZAS-RESEARCH INTO THE MECHANISMS INVOLVED

Objective



The project aims to study the role of vascular-arbuscular mycorrhizae in biological control of fungal diseases in tomato and Prunus as model plant systems and Phytophtora as target organisms.
The approach is both cellular and molecular level, by which information on changes in plant root morphology, fungal and plant gene expression will be collected.

The main tasks are :

- Identifying the impact of VA mycorrhiza-induced changes to root system architecture, and meristematic and nuclear activities on pathogen resistance.
- Cellular characterization of symbiotic/pathogenic fungal interactions in roots.
- Identification of genes and gene expression involved in root protection by VA mycorrhiza.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
Address
17 Rue Sully
21034 Dijon
France

Participants (5)

CSIC
Spain
Address
Prof. Albareda 1
18008 Granada
Dipartimento di Biologia Vegetale
Italy
Address
Viale Mattioli 25
10125 Torino
ROTHAMSTED RESEARCH LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
West Common
AL5 2JQ Harpenden, Herts
Scottish Agricultural College (SAC)
United Kingdom
Address
Doig Scott Building
AB2 9TQ Aberdeen
Università degli Studi di Pisa
Italy
Address
Via Del Borghetto 80
56100 Pisa