Genomics of Fungal Disease Resistance

  • Randall J. WisserEmail author
  • Nick Lauter
Part of the Compendium of Plant Genomes book series (CPG)


Fungal diseases are prevalent on maize, for which resistance is controlled by numerous genes where sequence variation more typically gives rise to quantitative rather than qualitative phenotypes. Genomics is facilitating advances in genetics and systems biology while opening the door for convergence between the two. As this is leading to new perspectives about the nature of functionality versus variability during pathogenesis, changes may be afoot in how maize breeders handle the challenge of crop protection.


Allele mining Genetic architecture Genomic selection Systems biology Pathogenesis Fungi Maize 



This work was made possible by the US NSF Plant Genome Research Program IOS-1127076 and the US Department of Agriculture—Agricultural Research Service.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Plant and Soil SciencesUniversity of DelawareNewarkUSA
  2. 2.Corn Insects and Crop Genetics Research UnitUSDA-ARSAmesUSA
  3. 3.Department of Plant Pathology and MicrobiologyIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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