Differential gene expression in foxtail millet during interaction with the smut fungus Ustilago crameri

Our results showed that the pathogenesis-related genes SiBGL and SiCHI responded positively to inoculation with U. crameri in both Jigu20 and Changnong35

Lihong Hao


Scholarcy highlights

  • The transcriptional responses of foxtail millet to Ustilago crameri infection were revealed by RNA-Seq analysis
  • The phenylpropanoid pathway may positively contribute to resistance against foxtail millet smut
  • Foxtail millet smut disease, which is caused by the basidiomycetous fungus Ustilago crameri, has become a severe detriment to millet production
  • Little is known about the molecular responses of foxtail millet to infection with U. crameri
  • We found that the phenylpropanoid pathway was activated upon smut infection
  • Our results suggested that SiBGL, SiCHI, SiRPM1, SiSGT1, SiHSP, SiCDPK, SiRbohF and SiPAL could act as potential candidates in foxtail millet to achieve resistance against smut

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