Protocols in Current Issue
    Establishing a Symbiotic Interface between Cultured Ectomycorrhizal Fungi and Plants to Follow Fungal Phosphate Metabolism
    [Abstract] In ectomycorrhizal plants, the fungal cells colonize the roots of their host plant to create new organs called ectomycorrhizae. In these new organs, the fungal cells colonize the walls of the cortical cells, bathing in the same apoplasm as the plant cells in a space named the ‘Hartig net’, where exchanges between the two partners take place. ...
    A Method for Radioactive Labelling of Hebeloma cylindrosporum to Study Plant-fungus Interactions
    [Abstract] In order to quantify P accumulation and P efflux in the ectomycorrhizal basidiomycete fungus Hebeloma cylindrosporum, we supplied 32P to mycelia previously grown in vitro in liquid medium. The culture had four main steps that are 1) growing the mycelium on complete medium with P, 2) transfer the mycelia into new ...
    Wheat Coleoptile Inoculation by Fusarium graminearum for Large-scale Phenotypic Analysis
    Authors:  Lei-Jie Jia, Wan-Qiu Wang and Wei-Hua Tang, date: 08/05/2017, view: 534, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The ascomycete fungus Fusarium graminearum is a destructive fungal pathogen of wheat, barley and maize. Although reverse genetics and homologous recombination gene deletion methods have generated thousands of gene deletion mutants of F. graminearum, evaluating virulence of these fungal mutants is still a rate-limiting step. Here ...
    A Reliable Assay to Evaluate the Virulence of Aspergillus nidulans Using the Alternative Animal Model Galleria mellonella (Lepidoptera)
    [Abstract] The greater wax moth Galleria mellonella has emerged as an effective heterologous host to study fungal pathogenesis and the efficacy of promising antifungal drugs (Mylonakis et al., 2005; Li et al., 2013). Here, a methodology describing the Aspergillus nidulans infection in G. mellonella larvae, along ...
    Pathogenicity Assay of Penicillium expansum on Apple Fruits
    Authors:  Yong Chen, Boqiang Li, Zhanquan Zhang and Shiping Tian, date: 05/05/2017, view: 986, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Penicillium expansum, a widespread filamentous fungus, is a major causative agent of fruit decay and leads to huge economic losses during postharvest storage and shipping. Furthermore, it produces mycotoxin on the infected fruits that may cause harmful effects to human health. This pathogenicity assay involves a stab inoculation procedure ...
    In vitro Detection of Neutrophil Traps and Post-attack Cell Wall Changes in Candida Hyphae
    Authors:  Alex Hopke and Robert T. Wheeler, date: 04/05/2017, view: 1250, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In this protocol we describe how to visualize neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) and fungal cell wall changes in the context of the coculture of mouse neutrophils with fungal hyphae of Candida albicans. These protocols are easily adjusted to test a wide array of hypotheses related to the impact of immune cells on fungi and the cell ...
    Wheat Root-dip Inoculation with Fusarium graminearum and Assessment of Root Rot Disease Severity
    Authors:  Qing Wang and Sven Gottwald, date: 03/20/2017, view: 1457, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Fusarium graminearum is one of the most common and potent fungal pathogens of wheat (Triticum aestivum) and other cereals, known for causing devastating yield losses and mycotoxin contaminations of food and feed. The pathogen is mainly considered as a paradigm for the floral disease Fusarium head blight, while its ability to ...
    Xylem Sap Extraction Method from Hop Plants
    Authors:  Marko Flajšman, Stanislav Mandelc, Sebastjan Radišek and Branka Javornik, date: 03/20/2017, view: 1470, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Verticillium wilt is one of the most important diseases on hop that significantly influence continuation of production on affected areas. It is caused by the soil borne vascular pathogen Verticillium nonalfalfae, which infects plants through the roots and then advances through the vascular (xylem) system. During infection, V. nonalfalfae ...
    Pathogenicity Assay of Verticillium nonalfalfae on Hop Plants
    Authors:  Marko Flajšman, Sebastjan Radišek and Branka Javornik, date: 03/20/2017, view: 1280, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Verticillium nonalfalfae is a soil-borne plant pathogen that infects its hosts through roots. It spreads in the plant’s xylem and causes wilt disease symptoms by secreting different virulence factors. Hop (Humulus lupulus) is a primary host of V. nonalfalfae, so it is used as a model plant for studying this ...
    Chitin Extraction and Content Measurement in Magnaporthe oryzae
    Authors:  Xinyu Liu and Zhengguang Zhang, date: 03/05/2017, view: 1302, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Chitin is a linear polysaccharide composed of β (1→4)-linked N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) residues. In fungi, chitin is an important component of the cell wall. Here, we provide a protocol to measure the chitin content of fungal cells using Magnaporthe oryzae as an example.