Monday, November 28, 2016

BacterioFiles 278 - Fungal Family Friends and Foes

Colletotrichum disease on bean pods
This episode: Some fungi change from making plants sick to being helpful to plants! How do plants react to them?
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Show notes:
News item

Journal Paper:
Hacquard S, Kracher B, Hiruma K, Münch PC, Garrido-Oter R, Thon MR, Weimann A, Damm U, Dallery J-F, Hainaut M, Henrissat B, Lespinet O, Sacristán S, Themaat EVL van, Kemen E, McHardy AC, Schulze-Lefert P, O’Connell RJ. 2016. Survival trade-offs in plant roots during colonization by closely related beneficial and pathogenic fungi. Nat Commun 7:11362.

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