Selfish chromosomes make harmful fungus vulnerable to attack

Members of Kiel Evolution Center discover fundamentally new traits in the inheritance mechanisms of a plant-damaging fungus.

Wheat is the world’s second most extensively cultivated cereal crop, and in many countries an indispensable ingredient of essential staple foods. In Germany alone, 20-25 million tons of this grain are harvested per year. However, wheat cultivation in north-western Europe faces a fungal pest, which in extreme cases can cause losses of around 50 percent of the harvest.

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