Ten things to know about oomycete effectors

Sebastian Schornack, Edgar Huitema, Liliana M. Cano, Tolga O. Bozkurt, Ricardo Oliva, Mireille Van Damme, Simon Schwizer, Sylvain Raffaele, Angela Chaparro-Garcia, Rhys Farrer, Maria Eugenia Segretin, Jorunn Bos, Brian J. Haas, Michael C. Zody, Chad Nusbaum, Joe Win, Marco Thines, Sophien Kamoun (Corresponding Author)

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Long considered intractable organisms by fungal genetic research standards, the oomycetes have recently moved to the centre stage of research on plant?microbe interactions. Recent work on oomycete effector evolution, trafficking and function has led to major conceptual advances in the science of plant pathology. In this review, we provide a historical perspective on oomycete genetic research and summarize the state of the art in effector biology of plant pathogenic oomycetes by describing what we consider to be the 10 most important concepts about oomycete effectors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)795-803
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Plant Pathology
Issue number6
Early online date9 Oct 2009
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009

Bibliographical note

We thank Mark Gijzen for suggestions and for providing back-ground information. Our laboratory is funded by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and BASF Plant Sciences. SS is supported by a Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) fellow-ship, TOB is supported by a Marie Curie Intra-European fellow-ship, and MT is supported by a fellowship from the Max Planck Society, the Elite Program for Postdocs of the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, and the German Science foundation (DFG).


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