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Periodic Report - PROTECT CROP (Cell wall-plasmalemma-cytoskeleton as a sensor in cold-induced plant resistance to fungal infection)

Project ID: 207350
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


Microdochium nivale is the most widespread snow mould fungus, especially in cold and temperate zones. M. nivale causes serious damage to its hosts under a snow cover; however, it is also dangerous under chilling temperatures and high humidity conditions. Climate changes of northern hemisphere: relatively warm autumn (lack of proper cold hardening) followed by cold and wet winters without a snow cover can promote severity of M. nivale caused deceases and became reason of great losses.

The results featured in the report are interesting not only for biologists, but also for industrial partners involved in plant breeding, evaluation of crop and seed quality, food quality and environment protection. Cold-induced resistance to M. nivale supported by the mechanism partly recognised during the work can be effectively transferred to new lines obtained from the crossing of the susceptible and the resistant varieties: 3.2 % of doubled haploid lines from such cross had lower survival capability to susceptible variety, 63.2 % lines did not differ from the resistant variety and 33.6 % lines outcrossed the better parent and fully regenerated after infection.

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