Chemical defence against pathogens in marine macrophytes
Pathogens are disease-causing viruses, bacteria, fungi or protists. Eventhough pathogens are omnipresent in the marine environment, our knowledge about pathogens that cause diseases in marine macrophytes is very limited compared to the broad knowledge of pathogens and diseases in terrestrial plants. Like humans, macrophytes have to constantly defend themselves against pathogen attacks. They use physical and chemical defences to prevent or combat infections and diseases. In this project, we study the host-pathogen interactions in the marine environment and how marine macrophytes can defend themselves by means of secondary, defence metabolites.