on 10-02-201904:48 PM - edited on 10-15-202108:20 AM by Closed Account
Marit Almvik1, Marie-Pierre Pavageau, Nina Elisabeth Nagy2, Hans Ragnar Norli1, Ari Hietala2, Sven-Roar Odenmarck1, Monica Fongen3, Anas Kamleh4
Metabolomics 2019 Every fourth tree in the Scandinavian forest is infected with rot. Root and butt rot fungi attack trees through the root and successively grow into the trunk degrading the core wood. The infected wood can no longer be used as construction materials, damaging its value.
Norway Spruce (Picea abies) is an important species in Scandinavia, and we know the spruce produces defense compounds as a reaction to fungal attack. These compounds could be pipeline for developing novel, effective natural fungicides and wood preservatives.
We have employed tree metabolome analyses to differentiate and identify these defense metabolites in Norwegian Spruce for new fungicide discovery as well as discovery of novel pathways that could be targeted by pesticides.