DFG Research Group FOR 666
The FOR 666 consortium aims at a concerted in depth comparative analysis of “compatibility mechanisms” in host microbe interactions by comparing parasitic and mutualistic interactions of fungal model microbes exhibiting biotrophic and hemibiotrophic life styles with their cereal hosts. Major strategies of the consortium are defining complementary projects that collaboratively investigate both, the plant and the microbe side of an interaction. The projects are guided and supervised by a bioinformatics platform that computes all the transcriptome and metabolome data from the different systems. Since FOR 666 scrutinizes crop plants, it is the principal facet of the consortium to seek for tangible solutions in sustainable plant production. The future program of FOR 666 is based on the data obtained in the first funding period and is in line with the initial work schedule: to identify compatibility-related fungal and plant genes during the first period and to carry out a detailed analysis of such genes in the second funding period.
Dr. Karl-Heinz Kogel