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Adaptation - des gènes aux populations.Génétique et biologie de l'adaptation aux stress et aux perturbations (BIOADAPT)
Edition 2012


GANDALF


Genomic and adaptation of fungal life history traits involved in host-pathogen interactions

GANDALF : Genomic AND Adaptation for fungal LiFe history traits involved in host plant interactions
Scaling up from individuals to populations, GANDALF uses a population genomics approach for addressing the processes of adaptation of fungal pathogens to their host-plant.

A population genomics approach for a novel understanding of fungal pathogens host adaptation
Parasites are able to evolve rapidly and overcome host defence mechanisms, but the molecular basis of this adaptation remains poorly understood. Identifying polymorphisms under selection in pathogenic fungal populations will help understanding the evolutionary processes underlying the adaptation to host-plant (i.e. host specialization, virulence/avirulence, aggressiveness). Recently, it has been proposed that the same molecular mechanisms could in fact underlie these seemingly different fungal traits.
In this context, the questions GANDALF is adressing are:
- What are the genomic bases of adaptation of pathogens to their host plant ?
- What is the evolutionnary dynamics of these factors in populations subjected to host plant selection pressure ?

Population genomics of fungal plant pathogens
Taking advantage of the advance of Next Generation Sequencing technologies, GANDALF proposes to use a population genomics approach (i.e. without any a priori on the genes involved in host adaptation) for addressing the processes of adaptation in the ecological/agronomic gradient from host-plant specialization to quantitative adaptation to host-plant resistance.
The project brings together 11 teams (INRA, CNRS, CIRAD) working on nine species of pathogenic fungi/oomuycetes for which the genome sequence is available :


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Partners

BIOGECO Biodiversité, Gènes et Communautés - UMR 1202

BGPI Biologie et Génétique des Interactions Plante-Parasite - UMR 385/54

BIOGER Biologie et Gestion des Risques en Agriculture - Champignons Pathogènes des Plantes - UR 1290

ESE Ecologie et Systématique - UMR 8079

IRHS Institut de Recherche Horticulture et Semences - UMR 077

IAM Interaction Arbre-Microorganisme - UMR 1136

LIPM Laboratoire des Interactions Plantes Microorganismes - UMR 441/2594

SAVE UMR 1065 Santé et Agroécologie du Vignoble

URGI Unité de Recherche Génomique et Info - UR 1164

ANR grant: 794 078 euros
Beginning and duration: janvier 2013 - 48 mois

Submission abstract

Parasites are able to evolve rapidly and overcome host defence mechanisms, but the molecular basis of this adaptation remains poorly understood. Identifying polymorphisms under selection in pathogenic fungal populations will help understanding the evolutionary processes underlying the adaptation to host-plant. Fungal genes may qualitatively determine whether a plant genotype can be infected or not (i.e. host specialization and/or virulence/avirulence) or may quantitatively determine the ability of the fungus to overcome the basal defence of the host plant species (i.e. aggressiveness). Recently, it has been proposed that the same molecular mechanisms could in fact underlie these seemingly different fungal traits. Taking advantage of the advance of Next Generation Sequencing technologies, GANDALF proposes to use a population genomics approach (i.e. without any a priori on the genes involved in host adaptation) for addressing the processes of adaptation in the ecological/agronomic gradient from host-plant specialization to quantitative adaptation to host-plant resistance. GANDALF is bringing together scientists from different laboratories and institutions having internationally recognized expertise in plant pathology, genomics, bioinformatics, evolutionary genetics and modelling (all ranked A by AERES, 4 being A+).

Nine different pathosystems have been chosen, covering a large range of life history traits (e.g. biotophic vs necrotrophic, fungi vs oomycetes, etc.) and with genome sequences already available. Depending on the system, offspring of controlled crosses or natural populations will be analyzed. A first step aims at characterising strains for traits associated with host adaptation (phenotyping, Task 1). Re-sequencing of phenotyped strains will allow assembling, mapping and SNP discovery (Task 2). Genome-wide polymorphism data will be analysed following either a genome-wide association (Task 3) or a genome scan approach (Task 5). Since pathogens are prone to demographic and spatial variations, a method able to infer demographic parameters on populations will be developed in order to build a powerful tool of selection detection under complex population models (Task 4). Using this new tool, genome scan will be performed in order to detect loci under selection (Task 5). The candidate loci identified in tasks 3 and 5 will be validated by further genotyping on natural populations or collections available in laboratories. The genetic bases of host adaptation will be compared among fungal species and along the host specialization / cultivar specificity / aggressiveness continuum.

This project not only will bring new insights into the understanding of genomic basis of fungal plant pathogens, but also will contribute to maintain the scientific excellence of the GANDALF partners by accelerating the integration of NGS technologies into their research program.

 

ANR Programme: Adaptation - des gènes aux populations.Génétique et biologie de l'adaptation aux stress et aux perturbations (BIOADAPT) 2012

Project ID: ANR-12-ADAP-0009

Project coordinator:
Monsieur François DELMOTTE (UMR 1065 Santé et Agroécologie du Vignoble)
delmotte@nullbordeaux.inra.fr

 

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