Thomas Jung

Thomas Jung, PhD


Invited Researcher at University of Algarve

Member of MeditBio - Centre for Mediterranean Bioresources and Food



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Research interests

  • Factors driving diversity and speciation of the genus Phytophthora in different ecosystems and climatic zones.

  • Detection and description of new Phytophthora spp. in Europe and other continents; assessment of their potential host ranges among European tree species.

  • Roles of introduced and endemic Phytophthora species in declines of forest ecosystems on a global scale.

  • Behaviour and role of invasive Phytophthora species in their centres of origin.

  • The evolutionary adaptability and evolutionary trends in the genus Phytophthora.

  • The evolutionary history of the genus Phytophthora.

  • The role of interspecific hybridisations in the evolution of the genus Phytophthora.

  • Genomic basis of aggressiveness, invasiveness and host ranges of Phytophthora spp. and of the resistance of tree species to Phytophthora infections.

  • Use of transcriptomic approaches for studying susceptible and resistant host - Phytophthora interactions.

  • Factors triggering the onset of Phytophthora epidemics.

  • Pathways and survival mechanisms of Phytophthora spp.

  • Control of Phytophthora diseases and development of integrated management concepts for natural ecosystems and nurseries.