Genetic conversion of a fungal plant pathogen to a nonpathogenic, endophytic mutualist.

@article{Freeman1993GeneticCO,
  title={Genetic conversion of a fungal plant pathogen to a nonpathogenic, endophytic mutualist.},
  author={Stanley Freeman and Russell J. Rodriguez},
  journal={Science},
  year={1993},
  volume={260 5104},
  pages={75-8}
}
The filamentous fungal ascomycete Colletotrichum magna causes anthracnose in cucurbit plants. Isolation of a nonpathogenic mutant of this species (path-1) resulted in maintained wild-type levels of in vitro sporulation, spore adhesion, appressorial formation, and infection. Path-1 grew throughout host tissues as an endophyte and retained the wild-type host… CONTINUE READING