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PINESTRENGTH Training School

Profesor Michael Thon from the genetics group of CIALE participated in a Training School on Next generation Sequencing PINESTRENGTH COST Action at Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenierías Agrarias (ETSIIAA) at Palencia, Spain

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Thesis Defense: Jose Sanz

Our Ph.D. student Jose Sanz-Martín recently defended his thesis titled, “Study and functional characterization of effectors implicated in the Colletotrichum graminicola-maize interaction.” Congratulations Jose!

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Gene family expansions and contractions are associated with host range in plant pathogens of the genus Colletotrichum

Riccardo Baroncelli, Daniel Buchvaldt Amby, Antonio Zapparata, Sabrina Sarrocco, Giovanni Vannacci, Gaétan Le Floch, Richard J. Harrison, Eric Holub, Serenella A. Sukno, Surapareddy Sreenivasaprasad and Michael R. Thon. 2016. Gene family expansions and contractions are associated with host range in plant … Continue reading

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Getting Started with Discovery Environment

Discovery Environment is an online platform for running bioinformatics applications and analyzing data.  It’s provided for free by CyVerse (previously known as iPlant Collaborative – www.cyverse.org), a project by the National Science Foundation, USA to develop computing infrastructure for life science … Continue reading

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Michael Thon visits CIFR at North Carolina State University

Dr. Michael Thon, professor of Microbiology and Genetics and member of CIALE gives a class to the Ph.D. students in the plant pathology department of North Carolina State University. Prof. Thon also recently presented a seminar during his visit to … Continue reading

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C. acutatum genome sequences are now in GenBank

We are happy to announce the public release of genome sequences of four members of the Colletotrichum acutatum species complex. These sequences were developed as part of a collaboration with Riccardo Baroncelli. We also have a project with the DOE … Continue reading

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A highly conserved metalloprotease effector enhances virulence in the maize anthracnose fungus Colletotrichum graminicola

Abstract Colletotrichum graminicola causes maize anthracnose, an agronomically important disease with a worldwide distribution. We have identified a fungalysin metalloprotease (Cgfl) with a role in virulence. Transcriptional profiling experiments and live-cell imaging show that Cgfl is specifically expressed during the biotrophic stage of … Continue reading

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Goodbye Almir

We would like to say goodbye to Almir José Ferreira, a visiting student from the Laboratório de Biologia Molecular e Ecologia Microbiana in Universidade de São Paolo in Brazil. He spent six months in our group learning about comparative genomics.

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Prof. Thon visits the University of Helsinki

Prof. Michael Thon recently visited the university of Helsinki to give a seminar and examine Ph.D. candidate Honxin Chen. Congratulations Hongxin for an excellent thesis and thesis defense!

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A fungal effector with host nuclear localization and DNA-binding properties is required for maize anthracnose development

Vargas WA, Sanz-Martin JM, Rech GE, Armijos-Jaramillo VD, Rivera LP, Echeverria MM, Díaz-Mínguez JM, Thon M, Sukno S: A fungal effector with host nuclear localization and DNA-binding properties is required for maize anthracnose development. MPMI 2015. Abstract: Plant pathogens have … Continue reading

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