Grey mould caused by Botrytis cinerea is a major disease of strawberry, causing huge fruit losses worldwide. This fungal pathogen can infect fruits both at unripe or ripe stages, but the disease symptoms develop only on red ripe fruits, mostly during the postharvest storage phase, since, on white unripe fruits, B. cinerea stops its growth early after infection and becomes quiescent until the fruit ripen. To investigate the molecular bases of the low susceptibility of unripe fruit stages and possibly the mechanisms regulating fungal quiescence, RNA-seq analysis was performed on white and red strawberry fruits after 24 h infection with B. cinerea. The fruits of diploid woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca) were used instead of the octoploid Fragaria x ananassa, because of the availability of genome sequence. RNA-seq analysis showed that a total of 712 genes were significantly regulated in the white and red non-inoculated fruits during ripening, whereas 54 and 41 genes resulted differently expressed in white and red infected fruits, with respect to their mock-inoculated counterparts. These genes were classified according to their annotated functional role and their possible involvement in strawberry fruit response to B. cinerea is discussed.

Zoli, L.; Sonego, P.; Moretto, M.; Engelen, K.A.; Tudzynski, P.; Moser, C.; Baraldi, E. (2015). RNA seq analysis of unripe and ripe strawberry fruits interacting with Botrytis cinerea. In: III International symposium on postharvest pathology: using science to increase food availability, Bari, Italy, 7-11 June 2015: 96 (PM12). url: http://postharvestbari2015.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Ippolito_Abstract_Book.pdf handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/33631

RNA seq analysis of unripe and ripe strawberry fruits interacting with Botrytis cinerea

Sonego, Paolo;Moretto, Marco;Engelen, Kristof Arthur;Moser, Claudio;
2015-01-01

Abstract

Grey mould caused by Botrytis cinerea is a major disease of strawberry, causing huge fruit losses worldwide. This fungal pathogen can infect fruits both at unripe or ripe stages, but the disease symptoms develop only on red ripe fruits, mostly during the postharvest storage phase, since, on white unripe fruits, B. cinerea stops its growth early after infection and becomes quiescent until the fruit ripen. To investigate the molecular bases of the low susceptibility of unripe fruit stages and possibly the mechanisms regulating fungal quiescence, RNA-seq analysis was performed on white and red strawberry fruits after 24 h infection with B. cinerea. The fruits of diploid woodland strawberry (Fragaria vesca) were used instead of the octoploid Fragaria x ananassa, because of the availability of genome sequence. RNA-seq analysis showed that a total of 712 genes were significantly regulated in the white and red non-inoculated fruits during ripening, whereas 54 and 41 genes resulted differently expressed in white and red infected fruits, with respect to their mock-inoculated counterparts. These genes were classified according to their annotated functional role and their possible involvement in strawberry fruit response to B. cinerea is discussed.
Strawberry
Botrytis cinerea
RNA-Seq
Fragola
Botrite
RNA-Seq
Zoli, L.; Sonego, P.; Moretto, M.; Engelen, K.A.; Tudzynski, P.; Moser, C.; Baraldi, E. (2015). RNA seq analysis of unripe and ripe strawberry fruits interacting with Botrytis cinerea. In: III International symposium on postharvest pathology: using science to increase food availability, Bari, Italy, 7-11 June 2015: 96 (PM12). url: http://postharvestbari2015.it/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Ippolito_Abstract_Book.pdf handle: http://hdl.handle.net/10449/33631
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