Fusarium oxysporum is a fungal pathogen which causes a vascular wilt in a wide range of crop and non-crop plant species. It exists in numerous host-specific forms referred to as formae specialis (f.sp.) - for example, F.oxysporum f.sp. cubense is specific to banana. The presence of Secreted in Xylem (SIX) genes in the fungus has been associated with pathogenicity in certain f.sp. of this fungus; there's also evidence that these SIX genes can be horizontally transferred. This study will examine the association between the SIX gene component and host specificity. Projects that examine specificity of Fusarium oxysporum are available on a number of hosts, such as banana, ginger or strawberry.

Location: St Lucia

Supervisors: Professor Elizabeth Aitken

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Project members

Professor Elizabeth Aitken

School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
Affiliate Professor
Centre for Crop Science