Tar spot, caused by the fungal pathogen Phyllachora maydis, was first identified in the United States in 2015 and has since evolved into a major impediment to corn production. Joshua MacCready and colleagues used both genomic and transcriptomic data to provide foundational insights into how this pathogen is invading its plant host corn to ultimately complete its life cycle. This work is fundamental to understanding this host-pathogen interaction, as well as to developing control strategies for tar spot of corn.
"What's New in MPMI!" is an open access series of live, online seminars that highlight trending MPMI papers presented by their authors. To increase accessibility and encourage global participation in the MPMI community, all virtual seminars are free to attend and open to anyone interested in molecular plant–microbe interactions.
Hyelim Jeon and Cécile Segonzac will present "Manipulation of the Host Endomembrane System by Bacterial Effectors."
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Hasna Boubakri will present "A Nonspecific Lipid Transfer Protein with Potential Functions in Infection and Nodulation."
Sajjan Grover discusses his trending research that uncovered a dichotomous role of jasmonic acid in modulating sorghum defense against aphids. Watch this free presentation to learn more about the complexity of a plant–aphid interaction.