Description: Pathogenic fungi are the main infectious agents of plants. Secondary metabolites produced by these fungi, also recognized as natural products, are key mediators of plant-fungal interactions. Knowledge on the biosynthesis of these metabolites, the accessibility to fungal genome sequences, and the development of gene disruption techniques open up opportunities to identify many more of these metabolites both in vitro and in planta. This methodology chapter gives a detailed systematic approach aiming to discover new natural products from phytopathogenic fungi and characterize their role in triggering plant cell death and plant disease. This approach takes advantage of the global regulation of fungal secondary metabolite production by regulatory proteins reported in various fungal species.
Corresponding Member: Joanna Tannous