The fungus Heterobasidion annosum species complex is common pathogens that causes root and but rot in conifer plantations and natural forests throughout the northern hemisphere.
Fruit body of Heterobasidion sp. Photo by Jonàs Oliva.
Within several genome projects we study its evolutionary history and biology including development, non self recognition, mating, and secondary metabolism. The genome projects will enable us to identifying pathogenicity determinants and get insights the mechanisms of its interactions with the host trees. The increased knowledge of the fungus will make an invaluable contribution to the possibility of controlling the disease.