‘OMICS in grapevine-pathogen interactions
Grapevine downy mildew, caused by the oomycete Plasmopara viticola (Berk. et Curt.) Berl. et de Toni is one of the most destructive grapevine diseases.
Vitis vinifera L. cultivars are highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly to downy mildew. Current prevention approaches include extensive fungicide application each growing season. This is not always effective, with consequent impact in the economy and environment.
Hence, it is crucial to have the most complete knowledge of disease infection mechanisms and plant resistance strategies to develop alternative methods to disease control. At GPS Lab, we use multi’OMICs approaches to characterise specific mechanisms and processes that might differentiate between resistant and susceptible traits.