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The School of Life Sciences was ranked 2nd in the UK for Agriculture, Food and Veterinary research in the Government's 2014 “Research Excellence”

2019 marks 70 years of research on vegetables and other crops at the Wellesbourne Campus. To celebrate this occasion we held an event on 18th December. You can find out more about it here.

Basal Rot of Narcissus: Understanding Pathogenicity in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. narcissi

Frontiers in MicrobiologyAndrew Taylor, Andrew D Armitage, Claire Handy, Alison C Jackson, Michelle T Hulin, Richard J Harrison and John P Clarkson

Fusarium oxysporum is a globally distributed soilborne fungal pathogen causing root rots, bulb rots, crown rots and vascular wilts on a range of horticultural plants. Pathogenic F. oxysporum isolates are highly host specific and are classified as formae speciales. Narcissus is an important ornamental crop and both the quality and yield of flowers and bulbs can be severely affected by a basal rot caused by F. oxysporum f. sp. narcissi (FON). This is the first study to characterise molecular variation in FON and provide an analysis of the FON genome. Identification of expressed genes potentially associated with virulence provides the basis for future functional studies and new targets for molecular diagnostics.

Frontiers in Microbiology. Dec 2019

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