Resistance to fungal infection in maize is based on innate mechanisms of defense.

Valentina Maschietto, Alessandra Lanubile, Adriano Marocco

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We investigated global gene expression in maize ears at several time points after infection with Fusarium verticillioides. In kernels at 48 h post infection with a fumonisin-producing strain, about 800 differentially expressed sequences were identified and nearly 10% assigned to the category cell rescue, defence and virulence. The expression analysis was extended to early (12, 24 h) and late (72, 96 h) phases after infection with a fumonisin-nonproducing strain. The mutant strain was able to activate host defence genes later than the wild type strain. When resistant and susceptible maize genotypes were compared, in the resistant lines the expression of defence genes were induced upon infection, indicative of a basal defence response against the fungus. In the susceptible genotypes defence genes were induced specifically after pathogen infection. The basal defence response was also active against several fungal species invading maize kernels.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteXXII EUCARPIA - Maize and Sorghum Conference
Numero di pagine1
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011
EventoXXII EUCARPIA Maize and Sorghum Conference - Opatija
Durata: 19 giu 201122 giu 2011


ConvegnoXXII EUCARPIA Maize and Sorghum Conference


  • Aspergillus flavus
  • Fusarium vericillioides
  • Zea mays
  • defence genes


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