Four seminars will be held to discuss in detail a number of recent papers on powdery mildews. Participants, and especially PhD students and postdocs, should volunteer to present a paper, or more, in approximately 15 to 20 minutes during these seminars. Their PowerPoint presentations will be followed by group discussions. Please mention on the application form your willingness to present one, or more, papers from the following list (all published during the past three years):

Caffi T, Rossi V, Legler SE, Bugiani R (2011) A mechanistic model simulating ascosporic infections by Erysiphe necator, the powdery mildew fungus of grapevine. Plant Pathology 60: 522-531.

Desprez-Loustau ML, Feau N, Mougou-Hamdane A, Dutech C (2011) Interspecific and intraspecific diversity in oak powdery mildews in Europe: coevolution history and adaptation to their hosts. Mycoscience 52: 165-173.

Ellinger D, Naumann M, Falter C, Zwikowics C, Jamrow T, Manisseri C, Somerville SC, Voigt CA (2013) Elevated early callose deposition results in complete penetration resistance to powdery mildew in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology 161: 1433-1444.

Hacquard S, Kracher B, Maekawa T, Vernaldi S, Schulze-Lefert P, van Themaat EVL (2013) Mosaic genome structure of the barley powdery mildew pathogen and conservation of transcriptional programs in divergent hosts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110(24): E2219-E2228.

Jankovics T, Dolovac N, Bulajic A, Krstic B, Pascal T, Bardin M, Nicot PC, Kiss L (2011) Peach rusty spot is caused by the apple powdery mildew fungus, Podosphaera leucotricha. Plant Disease 95: 719-724.

Kovács GM, Jankovics T, Kiss L (2011) Variation in the nrDNA ITS sequences of some powdery mildew species: do routine molecular identification procedures hide valuable information? European Journal of Plant Pathology 131: 135-141.

Laine AL, Burdon JJ, Dodds PN, Thrall PH (2011) Spatial variation in disease resistance: from molecules to metapopulations. Journal of Ecology 99: 96–112.

Lebeda A, Mieslerová B (2011) Taxonomy, distribution and biology of lettuce powdery mildew (Golovinomyces cichoracearum sensu stricto). Plant Pathology 60: 400-415.

Lebeda A, Mieslerová B, Petrželová I, Korbelová P (2013) Host specificity and virulence variation in populations of lettuce powdery mildew pathogen (Golovinomyces cichoracearum s. str.) from prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola). Mycological Progress 12: 533-545.

Lebeda A, Mieslerová B, Petrželová I, Korbelová P, Česneková E (2012) Patterns of virulence variation in the interaction between Lactuca spp. and lettuce powdery mildew (Golovinomyces cichoracearum). Fungal Ecology 5: 670-682.

Oberhaensli S, Parlange F, Buchmann JP, Jenny FH, Abbott JC, Burgis TA, Spanu PD, Keller B, Wicker T (2011) Comparative sequence analysis of wheat and barley powdery mildew fungi reveals gene colinearity, dates divergence and indicates host-pathogen co-evolution. Fungal Genetics and Biology 48: 327-334.

Pintye A, Legler SE, Kiss L (2011) New records of microcyclic conidiogenesis in some powdery mildew fungi. Mycoscience 52: 213-216.

Spanu PD et al. (2010) Genome expansion and gene loss in powdery mildew fungi reveal tradeoffs in extreme parasitism. Science 330(6010): 1543-1546.

Tack AJM, Laine AL (2014) Ecological and evolutionary implications of spatial heterogeneity during the off-season for a wild plant pathogen. New Phytologist 202: 297–308.

Tack AJM, Laine AL (2013) Spatial eco-evolutionary feedback in plant-pathogen interactions. European Journal of Plant Pathology 138: 667-677.

Takamatsu S (2013) Origin and evolution of the powdery mildews (Ascomycota, Erysiphales). Mycoscience 54: 75-86.

Takamatsu S, Matsuda S, Grigaliunaite B (2013) Comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of the genus Golovinomyces (Ascomycota: Erysiphales) reveals close evolutionary relationships with its host plants. Mycologia 105: 1135-1152.

Tollenaere C, Susi H, Nokso-Koivisto J, Koskinen P, Tack A, Auvinen P, Paulin L, Frilander MJ, Lehtonen R, Laine AL (2012) SNP design from 454 sequencing of Podosphaera plantaginis transcriptome reveals a genetically diverse pathogen metapopulation with high levels of mixed-genotype infection. PloS ONE 7(12): e52492.

Troch V, Audenaert K, Bekaert B, Höfte M, Haesaert G (2012) Phylogeography and virulence structure of the powdery mildew population on its new host triticale. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12: 76.

Troch V, Audenaert K, Wyand RA, Haesaert G, Höfte M, Brown JK (2014) Formae speciales of cereal powdery mildew: close or distant relatives? Molecular Plant Pathology 15: 304-314.

Vela-Corcía D, Bellón-Gómez D, López-Ruiz F, Torés JA, Pérez-García A (2013) The Podosphaera fusca TUB2 gene, a molecular "Swiss Army knife" with multiple applications in powdery mildew research. Fungal Biology 118: 228–241.

Weßling R, Panstruga R (2012) Rapid quantification of plant-powdery mildew interactions by qPCR and conidiospore counts. Plant Methods 8: 35.

Wicker T et al. (2013) The wheat powdery mildew genome shows the unique evolution of an obligate biotroph. Nature Genetics 45(9): 1092-1096.

Zheng Z, Nonomura T, Bóka K, Matsuda Y, Visser RGF, Toyoda H, KissL, Bai Y (2013) Detection and quantification of Leveillula taurica growth in pepper leaves. Phytopathology 103: 623-632.

Most of the papers listed above will also be discussed during the lectures to be given in the morning sessions of the summer school (see the programme). The main goal of the paper discussion seminars is to analyze in detail a number of selected papers (one to four each time). Speakers should not be afraid of having strong opinions about the highlighted papers (and eventually being wrong) but should be precise throughout.

If you cannot get any of the papers from the list, please contact Levente Kiss ( who should also be contacted with any other questions or queries concerning paper discussion seminars.