Saskia Hogenhout

Title: Molecular mechanisms that shape the multitrophic interactions of an insect-vectored parasite

Abstract: A substantial number of, often obligate, parasites depend on the interactions of multiple hosts for survival and spread. Fascinatingly, these parasites appear to have evolved mechanisms to induce developmental and behavioural modifications in their hosts that increase the chances of interactions among host trophic levels. By functionally characterizing effectors of the vector-borne phytoplasmas, we have identified the molecular mechanisms that underpin these remarkable parasite-enforced host modifications and elucidated novel cellular pathways.

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