Optimisation of an in vitro antifungal protein assay for the screening of potential antifungal proteins against Leptosphaeria maculans Academic Article uri icon


  • Canola is second only to soybean as the most important oilseed crop in the world. The global production of canola is forecast to continue to increase and as a result the canola industry will continue to flourish. However, it is threatened by several fungal diseases that affect canola and cost producers hundreds of millions of dollars a year in reduced yield and quality. Blackleg is the most common and devastating disease of canola and is caused by the fungus Leptosphaeria maculans. The fungus can infect any part of the plant at all growth stages and is a serious threat to the canola industry. Novel and more efficient antifungal agents which interfere with fungal growth and development are clearly needed to control this pathogen. This paper reports the establishment of a simple functional assay system for the screening of antifungal proteins against a virulent strain of L. maculans.

publication date

  • January 2011