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Necrotroph trick beats host defences

Researchers from the US Oregon State University (Corvallis) have identified the gene targeted by the necrotrophic fungal pathogen, Cochliobolus victoriae, when infecting host plants. Hosts for the fungus include thale cress, barley, rice, beans, Brachypodium spp and oats. In the latter, it is the causative agent of Victoria blight.



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