Algal diseases: spotlight on a black box

Claire Gachon, Telesphore Sime-Ngando, Martina Strittmatter, Aurelie Chambouvet, Gwang Hoon Kim

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Abstract

Like any other living organisms, algae are plagued by diseases caused by fungi, protists, bacteria or viruses As aquaculture continues to rise worldwide, pathogens of non or biofuel sources are becoming a significant economic burden Parasites are also increasingly being considered of equal importance with predators for ecosystem functioning Altered disease patterns in disturbed environments are blamed for sudden extinctions, regime shifts, and spreading of alien species Here we review the biodiversity and impact of pathogens and parasites of aquatic primary producers in freshwater and marine systems We also cover recent advances on algal defence reactions, and discuss how emerging technologies can be used to reassess the profound, multi-faceted, and so far broadly-overlooked Influence of algal diseases on ecosystem properties
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)633-640
Number of pages8
JournalTRENDS PLANT SCI
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • GRACILARIA-CONFERTA RHODOPHYTA
  • EMILIANIA-HUXLEYI
  • HOST-PARASITE INTERACTIONS
  • LAMINARIA-DIGITATA
  • PROGRAMMED CELL-DEATH
  • MARINE VIRUSES
  • FOOD-WEB
  • PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSIS
  • RED ROT DISEASE
  • DINOFLAGELLATE BLOOMS
  • Plant Sciences

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    Gachon, C., Sime-Ngando, T., Strittmatter, M., Chambouvet, A., & Kim, G. H. (2010). Algal diseases: spotlight on a black box. TRENDS PLANT SCI, (5), 633-640. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tplants.2010.08.005