Blondy B. Canto-Canché

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The plant-pathogenic fungus Mycosphaerella graminicola (asexual stage: Septoria tritici) causes septoria tritici blotch, a disease that greatly reduces the yield and quality of wheat. This disease is economically important in most wheat-growing areas worldwide and threatens global food production. Control of the disease has been hampered by a limited(More)
Plants produce thousands of different compounds through the secondary metabolism pathways. Since many of these products are obtained by direct extraction from plants that are cultivated in the field or some times even collected in their original habitat several factors can alter their yield. The use of plant cell cultures has overcome several inconveniences(More)
SUMMARY Idiomorphs mat1-1 and mat1-2 from Mycosphaerella fijiensis, the causal agent of black leaf streak disease of banana, were isolated. Degenerate oligos were used to amplify the HMG box of the mat1-2 idiomorph from M. fijiensis, showing homology with the HMG box of Mycosphaerella graminicola. Using a DNA walking strategy, anchored on the DNA lyase gene(More)
The hemibiotrophic fungus Mycosphaerella fijiensis is the causal agent of black Sigatoka (BS), the most devastating foliar disease in banana (Musa spp.) worldwide. Little is known about genes that are important during M. fijiensis-Musa sp. interaction. The fungal cell wall is an attractive area of study because it is essential for maintenance of cellular(More)
High polyphenol and polysaccharide levels in plant tissues such as banana fruit and leaves constitute a significant challenge to the extraction of sufficient amounts of high-quality RNA required for cDNA library synthesis and molecular analysis. To determine their comparative effectiveness at eliminating polyphenols, polysaccharides and proteins, three(More)
Geraniol 10-hydroxylase (G10H) is a P450 containing enzyme which is the first committed step in the biosynthesis of monoterpene indole alkaloids (MIAs), including the Catharanthus roseus-anticancer drugs vinblastine and vincristine. It is thought that G10H has a regulatory role in MIA production. In the present paper, we report the characterization of a(More)
The tomato Pto gene encodes a serine/threonine kinase (STK) whose molecular characterization has provided valuable insights into the disease resistance mechanism of tomato and it is considered as a promising candidate for engineering broad-spectrum pathogen resistance in this crop. In this study, a pair of degenerate primers based on conserved subdomains of(More)
High-quality RNA preparations are critical for further applications such as reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) transcript amplifications, and elaboration of cDNA and expressed sequence tag libraries. Melanins are phenolic compounds present in many fungi and apparently play key roles in fungi pathogenesis and survival. However, during(More)
BACKGROUND A laboratory-scale two-chamber microbial fuel cell employing an aerated cathode with no catalyst was inoculated with mixed inoculum and acetate as the carbon source. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to study the behavior of the MFC during initial biofilm (week 1) and maximum power density (week 20). EIS were performed on the(More)
The ER fraction from red beet taproot was purified on sucrose gradient and giant liposomes, suitable for patch clamping, were formed by dehydration-rehydration of the lipid film. Single-channel recordings on excised and attached patches revealed a large conductance (165 pS) cation (P(Cl-)/P(K+) < 0.03) channel with equal conductance and relative(More)