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Diversity and Evolution of Effector Loci in Natural Populations of the Plant Pathogen Melampsora lini

Barrett, Luke; Thrall, P; Dodds, Peter N; Van der Merwe, Marlien; Linde, Celeste; Lawrence, Gregory J; Burdon, Jeremy J.


Genetic variation for pathogen infectivity is an important driver of disease incidence and prevalence in both natural and managed systems. Here, we use the interaction between the rust pathogen, Melampsora lini, and two host plants, Linum marginale and Linum usitatissimum, to examine how host-pathogen interactions influence the maintenance of polymorphism in genes underlying pathogen virulence. Extensive sequence variation at two effector loci (AvrP123, AvrP4) was found in M. lini isolates...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Molecular Biology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msp166


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