Apr 16, 2020

Maintenance of variation in virulence and reproduction in populations of an agricultural plant pathogen

BioRxiv : the Preprint Server for Biology
A. DuttaLuke G. Barrett

Abstract

Genetic diversity within pathogen populations is critically important for predicting pathogen evolution, disease outcomes and prevalence. However, we lack a good understanding of the processes maintaining genetic variation and constraints on pathogen life-history evolution. Here, we analyzed interactions between 12 wheat host genotypes and 145 strains of Zymoseptoria tritici from five global populations to investigate the evolution and maintenance of variation in pathogen virulence and reproduction. We found a strong positive correlation between virulence and reproduction, with substantial variation in both traits maintained within each pathogen population. On average, highly virulent isolates exhibited higher fecundity, which might increase transmission potential in agricultural fields planted to homogeneous hosts at a high density. We further showed that pathogen strains with a narrow host range (i.e. specialists) for fecundity were on average less virulent, and those with a broader host range (i.e. generalists) for virulence were on average less fecund on a given specific host. These trade-offs costs associated with host specialization might constrain the directional evolution of virulence and fecundity. We conclude that sel...Continue Reading

  • References
  • Citations

References

  • We're still populating references for this paper, please check back later.
  • References
  • Citations

Citations

  • This paper may not have been cited yet.

Mentioned in this Paper

Metabolic Process, Cellular
Study
Mites
Tetranychus evansi
Acclimatization
Amino Acids, I.V. solution additive
Spatial Distribution
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Protein Biosynthesis
Cell Differentiation Process

Related Feeds

BioRxiv & MedRxiv Preprints

BioRxiv and MedRxiv are the preprint servers for biology and health sciences respectively, operated by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Here are the latest preprint articles (which are not peer-reviewed) from BioRxiv and MedRxiv.