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Oomycete Genetics and Genomics: Diversity, Interactions and Research Tools



Oomycete Genetics and Genomics: Diversity, Interactions and Research Tools

Kurt Lamour, Sophien Kamoun

ISBN: 978-0-470-47588-1 June 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 592 Pages

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This book brings together the knowledge from and tools for genetic and genomic research into oomycetes to help solve the problems this pathogen poses to crops and animals. Armed with the information presented here, researchers can use oomycete data to solve practical problems and gain insight into future areas of interest. 

Key Features:

  • Offers an up-to-date coverage of research into oomycetes – which has advanced with biochemical and molecular analyses in recent years
  • Helps researchers use oomycete data to solve practical problems, like damage to crop and animal resources
  • Includes a section on interactions with animal hosts
  • Offers perspective on future areas of research
  • Assembles an international author base 



Chapter 1 The Evolutionary Phylogeny of Oomycetes—Insights Gained from Studies of Holocarpic Parasites of Algae and Invertebrates (Gordon W. Beakes and Satoshi Sekimoto).

Chapter 2 Ecology of Lower Oomycetes (Martina Strittmatter, Claire M.M. Gachon, and Frithjof C. Kupper).

Chapter 3 Taxonomy and Phylogeny of the Downy Mildews (Peronosporaceae) (Marco Thines, Hermann Voglmayr, and Markus Goker).

Chapter 4 An Introduction to the White Blister Rusts (Albuginales) (Marco Thines and Hermann Voglmayr).

Chapter 5 The Asexual Life Cycle (Adrienne R. Hardham).

Chapter 6 Sexual Reproduction in Oomycetes: Biology, Diversity, and Contributions to Fitness (Howard S. Judelson).

Chapter 7 Population Genetics and Population Diversity of Phytophthora infestans (William E. Fry, Niklaus J. Gru¨nwald, David E.L. Cooke, Adele McLeod, Gregory A. Forbes, and Keqiang Cao).

Chapter 8 Phytophthora capsici: Sex, Selection, and the Wealth of Variation (Kurt Lamour).

Chapter 9 Evolution and Genetics of the Invasive Sudden Oak Death Pathogen Phytophthora ramorum (Niklaus J. Grünwald and Erica M. Goss).

Chapter 10 Phytophthora sojae: Diversity Among and Within Populations (Anne Dorrance and Niklaus J. Grunwald).

Chapter 11 Pythium Genetics (Frank Martin).

Chapter 12 Bremia lactucae and Lettuce Downy Mildew (Richard Michelmore, Oswaldo Ochoa, and Joan Wong).

Chapter 13 Downy Mildew of Arabidopsis Caused by Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis (Formerly Hyaloperonospora parasitica) (Nikolaus L. Schlaich and Alan Slusarenko).

Chapter 14 Interactions Between Phytophthora infestans and Solanum (Mireille van Damme, Sebastian Schornack, Liliana M. Cano, Edgar Huitema, and Sophien Kamoun).

Chapter 15 Phytophthora sojae and Soybean (Mark Gijzen and Dinah Qutob).

Chapter 16 Phytophthora brassicae As a Pathogen of Arabidopsis (Felix Mauch, Samuel Torche, Klaus Schläppi, Lorelise Branciard, Khaoula Belhaj, Vincent Parisy, and Azeddine Si-Ammour).

Chapter 17 Aphanomyces euteiches and Legumes (Elodie Gaulin, Arnaud Bottin, Christophe Jacquet, and Bernard Dumas).

Chapter 18 Effectors (Brett M. Tyler).

Chapter 19 Pythium insidiosum and Mammalian Hosts (Leonel Mendoza).

Chapter 20 Saprolegnia—Fish Interactions (Emma J. Robertson, Victoria L. Anderson, Andrew J. Phillips, Chris J. Secombes, Javier Diéguez-Uribeondo, and Pieter van West).

Chapter 21 Aphanomyces astaci and Crustaceans (Lage Cerenius, M. Gunnar Andersson, and Kenneth Söderhall).

Chapter 22 Progress and Challenges in Oomycete Transformation (Howard S. Judelson and Audrey M.V. Ah-Fong).

Chapter 23 In Planta Expression Systems (Vivianne G.A.A. Vleeshouwers and Hendrik Rietman).

Chapter 24 Gene Expression Profiling (Paul R.J. Birch and Anna O. Avrova).

Chapter 25 Mechanisms and Application of Gene Silencing in Oomycetes (Stephen C. Whisson, Anna O. Avrova, Laura J. Grenville Briggs, and Pieter van West).

Chapter 26 Global Proteomics and Phytophthora (Alon Savidor).

Chapter 27 Strategy and tactics for genome sequencing (Michael C. Zody and Chad Nusbaum).


"The whole is extremely well-produced, and I especially liked the tipped-in signature of colour plates on coated paper comprising colour versions of eight half-tone figures from various chapters. It also seems as well up-to-date as can be expected in such multiauthored works, with many papers from 2008 being cited. And the price is reasonable by current standards for a book of this quality. The editors are to be congratulated on marshalling such a work, which clearly merits wide circulation amongst the broader mycological community." (IMA Fungus, December 2010)

Article Click here to read an article in Nature on 'Genome sequence and analysis of the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans'. Our book editors Sophien Kamoun and Kurt Lamour and some of the book's contributors are among the authors of the article.
News Coverage Click here to read a news story from BBC News with the headline 'Killer genes cause potato famine'. Read what our editor Sophien Kamoun has to say...