Blast2GO Supported Project:
Study of changes in the maize transcriptome in response to Maize Iranian Mosaic Virus (MIMV) infection
- Mr. Abozar Ghorbani, Ph.D. candidate at Plant Virology Research Center, College of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
- Supervisors: Prof. Keramatollah Izadpanah, Plant Virology Research Center, College of Agriculture, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran and A/Prof. Ralf Dietzgen, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, the University of Queensland, Australia
Background and Project Overview:
Maize Iranian mosaic virus (MIMV, genus Nucleorhabdovirus, family Rhabdoviridae) is an economically important virus in maize in Iran. In addition to maize, it infects wheat, barley, rice and several other gramineous plant species. The virus is transmitted by the planthopper Laodelphax striatellus in a persistent-propagative manner. There is no close serological relationship between MIMV and other rhabdoviruses infecting gramineous plants such as Maize mosaic virus, Barley yellow striate mosaic virus and Cynodon chlorotic streak virus. In recent years, several differential screening techniques have been devised to identify changes in the expression of host genes in response to virus infection. Next-generation deep-sequencing techniques, such as Illumina RNA-seq, have provided new approaches to study plant transcriptomes to allow insights into plant defense responses.