Application of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Tools in Plant–Fungus Interactions

  • Mugdha Srivastava
  • Neha Malviya
  • Thomas Dandekar


Fungi have been recognized to be a major cause of disease in immunocompromised hosts: moreover, the loss of food and fodder crops through fungi has been unmatched since the last decade. Fungi colonize the plant cell and organs by modulating the host defense response. A number of different methods have been recently used to understand host–fungus interactions. With the advent of HiSeq approaches, more fungal genomes and transcriptomes are now sequenced, and their bioinformatics analyses have enriched and assisted our knowledge of the interplay between plant and fungi. The present chapter reviews the current biotechnological and bioinformatics approaches for the study of plant–fungus interactions.


Plant–fungi interactions Host–pathogen interaction Systems biology Fungal infection 



The financial support from German Research Foundation (grant TR124/B1) is gratefully acknowledged. We thank Jennifer Braysher for stylistic and language corrections.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mugdha Srivastava
    • 1
  • Neha Malviya
    • 2
  • Thomas Dandekar
    • 1
  1. 1.Functional Genomics and Systems Biology Group, Department of BioinformaticsBiocenterWuerzburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyDeen Dayal Upadhyay Gorakhpur UniversityGorakhpurIndia

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