Infection mechanisms, fungicide resistance and genetic diversity of Botrytis cinerea and related Botrytis spp.
Our research focuses on the grey mould fungus, Botrytis cinerea, a major pathogen of more than 200 fruits, vegetables, ornamental flowers and other crop plants. By using molecular genetic, cytological and genomic/ transcriptomic approaches, we are studying the molecular tools that enable B. cinerea and related Botrytis spp. to colonize their host plants. Another focus is the investigation of fungicide resistance mechanisms and the problem of massive fungicide resistance development of B. cinerea in agricultural environments.