Mennat El Ghalid: How fungi recognize (and infect) plants
Mennat El Ghalid - Mycologist
Mennat El Ghalid research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying fungal biology and pathogenicity. Full bio
counting nearly four billion trees,
by a fungal infection.
pathogens of plants,
with fungal infection
per year, worldwide?
to feed half a billion people.
in developing countries,
for farmers and distributors,
poison produced by fungi.
used to prevent and treat
exploiting natural sources of resistance,
treatment, among others,
to develop more efficient strategies
to identify biological mechanisms
by novel antifungal treatments.
is that they cannot move
to form a sophisticated network,
the father of plant pathology,
that fungi are guided by signals
it can lodge and subsist,
of such signals
that then serves to elaborate strategy
between the fungus and the plant.
method at that moment
this mechanism at the molecular level.
of directed hyphal growth,
that after 130 years,
could finally identify such plant signals
between a pathogenic fungus
the tomato plant.
receiving those signals
occurring within the fungus
toward the plant.
of such molecular processes
novel antifungal treatments.
the fungus and the plant
which receives those signals.
is increasing significantly.
of the molecular mechanism
a fungus and its host plant,
towards developing more efficient strategy
that affect people's lives,
About the speaker:Mennat El Ghalid - Mycologist
Mennat El Ghalid research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying fungal biology and pathogenicity.
Why you should listen
Mycologist Mennat El Ghalid received an Initial Training Networks - Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship to pursue her PhD project in the Molecular Genetics of Fungal Pathogenicity Unit and the International Campus of Excellence in Agrifood CeiA3 at the Universidad de Cordoba (Spain). During her PhD, her former team and herself identified the compounds secreted from the plant roots attracting Fusarium oxysporum, a soilborne plant pathogenic fungus and characterized the underlying mechanisms of attraction. Such compounds were tracked since the 19th century. The discovery was published in the Nature Journal.
El Ghalid became a TED Fellow in 2017 and have been selected as one of the 100 women honorees for OkayAfrica's 2018 #OKAY100Women list for her dedicated work and for being a promising talent within the field of STEM. She is currently working at Institut Pasteur (France) in the Biology and Pathogenicity Unit to study Candida albicans, an opportunistic pathogenic fungus and the main cause of fungal infections in immunocompromised humans.
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