Molecular analysis of plant-nematode interactions in tropical crops

plant production
crop protection
University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
Sokoine University of Agriculture (Tanzania)
Moi University (Kenya)
Research fields
Agriculture and Food Sciences


Nematodes are a major pest in many tropical crop species. We are studying the interaction between the nematode and the plant using different molecular tools. Genes that are important for parasitism in the nematode as well as plant defence genes are being identified and their function is being studied, e.g. using RNAi. Currently, projects on banana and rice are running. 

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