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Fatal attraction of Caenorhabditis elegans to predatory fungi through 6-methyl-salicylic acid

Nematode-trapping fungi, such as Duddingtonia flagrans, are fascinating predatory microorganisms. In a nutrient-rich environment they live as saprotrophs, but if nutrients are scarce and in the presence of nematodes, they can switch to a predatory lifestyle. The switch is characterized by the formation of complex, adhesive trap structures. The interaction requires a sophisticated interspecies communication with pheromones, secondary metabolites, and virulence factors. The paper of Yu et al. describes the interplay of fungal- and worm-derived molecules.


Alternariol as virulence and colonization factor of Alternaria alternata during plant infection

Alternaria alternata contaminates many crops and fruits. The mold produces a large variety of different mycotoxins, one of which is alternariol and its derivatives. We identified the gene cluster responsible for the biosynthesis. We show that alternariol is a colonization and virulence factor on tomato, apple and citrus. 


Essentials to study predator-prey interactions of a carnivorous fungus

Reinhard Fischer and colleagues sequence the genome of Duddingtonia flagrans and establish molecular tools to study this important nematode-trapping fungus


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