Emerging oomycete threats to plants and animals

Lida Derevnina, Benjamin Petre, Ronny Kellner, Yasin F. Dagdas, Mohammad Nasif Sarowar, Artemis Giannakopoulou, Juan Carlos De la Concepcion, Angela Chaparro-Garcia, Helen G. Pennington, Pieter Van West, Sophien Kamoun

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Oomycetes, or water moulds, are fungal-like organisms phylogenetically
related to algae. They cause devastating diseases in both plants and animals.
Here, we describe seven oomycete species that are emerging or re-emerging
threats to agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture and natural ecosystems.
They include the plant pathogens Phytophthora infestans, Phytophthora palmivora,
Phytophthora ramorum, Plasmopara obducens, and the animal pathogens
Aphanomyces invadans, Saprolegnia parasitica and Halioticida noduliformans. For
each species, we describe its pathology, importance and impact, discuss
why it is an emerging threat and briefly review current research activities.
This article is part of the themed issue ‘Tackling emerging fungal threats
to animal health, food security and ecosystem resilience’.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20150459
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1709
Early online date24 Oct 2016
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2016

Bibliographical note

The Kamoun Lab is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the European Research Council and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. R.K. is funded by CEPLAS—Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences (EXC 1028). J.C.D.l.C. is funded by The John Innes Foundation. P.v.W. is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Natural Environment Research Council, and the Newton Fund.


  • parasites
  • pathogens
  • disease
  • food security
  • agriculture
  • environment


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