Identifying Virulence Factors in Leptosphaeria maculans, the Cause of Blackleg Disease of Canola

Researcher: Hossein Borhan, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Saskatoon SK

Project Code: CGDP.SCDC.ADF 2011-12

Final Report: September 2013

Summary: Researchers in Saskatchewan conducted a three-year project to identify virulence genes in the Leptosphaeria maculans genome, the pathogen that causes blackleg in canola. The main priority of this research was to develop tools (markers) for the known virulence (avr) genes as they are the targets of major blackleg R genes currently available in commercial canola cultivars, and to monitor pathogen populations in the field. As a result of the project, researchers produced a catalogue of LM virulence genes expressed during infection and successfully developed markers for LM race determination and species differentiation.

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