THE EFFECTS OF DAMAGE AND REPAIR OF FUNGAL DNA ON ANIMAL AND PLANT DISEASES

Grant number: FT130100146 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018

Completed

Abstract

DNA damage and its repair are implicated in enhancing the ability of fungi to cause disease. These processes enable genomic changes that generate fungal strains better adapted to host colonisation. This project will identify factors that influence mutation, virulence and host adaptation in two model fungi that cause devastating diseases - a human pathogen, Cryptococcus neoformans, and a plant pathogen, Leptosphaeria maculans. Since increases in global temperatures are expected to lead to emerging fungal diseases, understanding effects of damage and repair of fungal DNA on animal and plant diseases is key to designing disease control approaches.