Verticillium longisporum is a soilborne phytopathogenic fungus that is able to colonize Brassicacea (Zeise and Tiedemann, 2002) through infection of the plant root (Fig. 1). Because of the absence of resistant varieties and permitted fungicides, controlling the fungus still remains a challange.   


In this project, novel sources of resistance will be generated through identification of plant compatibility genes (Fig. 2). Gene expression in the early stage of Verticillium longisporum infection in rape seed (Brassica napus)  is analysed using a supression substractive hybridization (SSH) approach. Genes with an altered expression will be knocked out and tested for conferring a resistant genotype. The aim of the project is to identify loss of susceptibility rapeseed mutants.









The project is supported by the "Innovationsstiftung Schleswig-Holstein" (HWT 2008-14H) and the Norddeutsche Pflanzenzucht Hans-Georg Lembke KG.