Plant Biology Seminar

12/06/2017, 16:30 | Event

HHU, Düsseldorf

Speaker: Arne Weinberg (LMU München)

Pathogen small RNAs as host immune suppressors

Different pathogens release a diverse range of biomolecules during host colonization to support infection. Recently, we have identified small RNAs produced by the fungal plant pathogen Botrytis cinerea that enter the host cell during infection and suppress host plant immunity. Herein, Botrytis small RNAs mimic the plant microRNAs and hijack the host RNA interference (RNAi) pathway to silence host immunity genes. This discovery provided the first evidence of a fungal pathogen using mobile small RNAs to suppress host plants immunity as a virulence strategy that we name cross-kingdom RNAi. We are currently investigating how widespread small RNA-based virulence strategies and cross-kingdom RNAi are among different microbial host-pathogen systems. Moreover, we are trying to understand how small RNA molecules are transported from pathogen into the host cell during the infection process.

Invited Speaker: Arne Weinberg (LMU München)
Monday, June 12
Time: 4:30 pm
Place: HHU, lecture hall 6F
The PhD students will meet with the speaker after the seminar for the „PBS Lounge with Pizza and Beer" in the AG Feldbrügge seminar room (26.12.01).

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich