Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Plant Pathology and Microbiology

First Advisor

Thomas Baum

Abstract

Cyst nematodes are some of the most destructive plant pathogens. These biotrophic parasites form elaborate feeding sites, syncytia, in the roots of their host plants and remove valuable nutrients from the plant. During the formation of the syncytium the nematode secretes effector proteins into root cells, which causes extensive molecular changes in the cell and allows the parasite to manipulate cellular processes. The work reported here describes the functional characterization of three nematode effector proteins and a report profiling the role of host small RNAs in the infection process.

Copyright Owner

Peter Jacob Howe

Language

en

Date Available

2012-04-06

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

152 pages

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