Molecular Plant Microbe interaction Lab

Plants are one of the most important resources for life on earth. With increasing population and climate change, food security has become an increasingly important question to address. As the plants are sessile organisms, they are constantly challenged by different phytopathogens including bacteria and fungi. The plants have evolved resistance mechanisms to keep themselves healthy against most of the pathogens. But under favorable conditions pathogens can cause havoc on these plants. Historically, there have been many incidences of plant disease which has led to famine such as Irish famine (late blight of potato caused by the fungal pathogen Phytophthora infestans), Bengal famine (brown spot in rice caused by fungus Cochliobolus miyabeanus) leading to the devastation of human society. Understanding of resistance mechanism in plants against pathogens and virulence mechanism of pathogens can give us important tools to control/ward off diseases. Our lab is interested in understanding the molecular mechanism of resistance/susceptibility in crop plants against phytopathogens and virulence mechanism of phytopathogens.

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