Exploring the functional diversification of the C4 proteins encoded by geminiviruses
This project addresses the functional diversity of C4 proteins from geminiviruses, which are essential components of symptom expression by these pathogens. C4 proteins are the most divergent proteins within this virus family, and the only viral proteins subject to positive selection. Exploiting the natural diversity of C4 proteins, this project will analyze the functional diversity of C4 homologues and identify plant pathways, processes and proteins targeted by different variants of the geminivirus C4 proteins.
Principal Investigator: Prof. Dr. Rosa Lozano-Durán, ZMBP, Plant Biochemistry, University of Tübingen