Our research in CEPLAS centers on endophytic protists in plants, such as the pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae, and their feedback on plant genetics and physiology. Recent discoveries of non-pathogenic endophytes within the Plasmodiophorida have the potential to identify the genetic mechanisms responsible for clubroot disease by comparing the metagenomes of pathogenic and non-pathogenic plasmodiophorids and by identifying the respective genetic control points of their host plants.
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Zoological Institute, Department of Terrestrial Ecology
University of Cologne
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