Sexual development of Botrytis species


Members of the fungal genus Botrytis are well known as pathogens in major green house and field crops. The sexual development of Botrytis species was studied by analysing gene expression in sexual fruiting bodies. In addition the function of genes believed to be involved in fruiting body development was studied by generating knock out mutants and analysing their sexual behaviour. Finally the morphology of a new Botrytis species was described and its mating types were identified.