Sheau-Fang Hwang

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Leptosphaeria maculans is a fungal pathogen causing blackleg in canola. Its virulence has been attributed, among other factors, to the activity of hydrolytic cell wall degrading enzymes (CWDEs). Studies on the pathogenicity function of CWDEs in plant pathogenic fungi have been difficult due to gene redundancy. In microorganisms many CWDE genes are repressed(More)
Clubroot, caused by Plasmodiophora brassicae, is an important soilborne disease of canola (Brassica napus) in Alberta, Canada. Genetic resistance is the most effective clubroot management tool, and resistant cultivars are grown extensively in affected regions. In 2013, relatively severe symptoms of clubroot were observed in some fields of resistant canola.(More)
This study was conducted with the objective of finding genetic marker(s) to differentiate pathotypes of the clubroot pathogen Plasmodiophora brassicae. Ideally, such markers should be used as a diagnostic tool to identify or predict certain pathotypes. By using PCR with gene-specific primers, 117 non-housekeeping P. brassicae genes were investigated for(More)
Blackleg, caused by Leptosphaeria maculans, is an important disease of oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) in Canada and throughout the world. Severe epidemics of blackleg can result in significant yield losses. Understanding disease-yield relationships is a prerequisite for measuring the agronomic efficacy and economic benefits of control methods. Field(More)
Clubroot, caused by Plasmodiophora brassicae, has two infection stages (primary and secondary). Although primary infection occurs in many plant species, secondary infection only continues to completion in susceptible hosts. As part of a larger study of clubroot pathogenesis, secondary zoospores collected from infected root hairs of canola and ryegrass were(More)
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