The Top 10 fungal pathogens in molecular plant pathology

Magnaporthe oryzae

Magnaporthe oryzae

Gary has abso­lutely prom­ised me this will be the last top 10 list. We’ll see :-)

But here it is any­way, the res­ults of Molecular Plant Pathology’s sur­vey of fungal patho­lo­gists which asked them to nom­in­ate the fungal patho­gens they would place in a ‘Top 10′ based on scientific/economic importance:

  1. Magnaporthe oryzae
  2.  Botrytis cinerea
  3.  Puccinia spp.
  4.  Fusarium graminearum
  5.  Fusarium oxysporum
  6.  Blumeria graminis
  7.  Mycosphaerella graminicola
  8.  Colletotrichum spp.
  9.  Ustilago maydis
  10.  Melampsora lini

Don’t agree? (per­son­ally I’d have put Botrytis cinerea at num­ber 1) — com­plain to Molecular Plant Pathology not us!


The Top 10 fungal patho­gens in molecu­lar plant patho­logy. Mol Plant Pathol. 06 March 2012
The aim of this review was to sur­vey all fungal patho­lo­gists with an asso­ci­ation with the journal Molecular Plant Pathology and ask them to nom­in­ate which fungal patho­gens they would place in a ‘Top 10′ based on scientific/economic import­ance. The sur­vey gen­er­ated 495 votes from the inter­na­tional com­munity, and res­ul­ted in the gen­er­a­tion of a Top 10 fungal plant patho­gen list for Molecular Plant Pathology. The Top 10 list includes, in rank order, (1) Magnaporthe oryzae; (2) Botrytis cinerea; (3) Puccinia spp.; (4) Fusarium gramin­earum; (5) Fusarium oxysporum; (6) Blumeria graminis; (7) Mycosphaerella graminic­ola; (8) Colletotrichum spp.; (9) Ustilago may­dis; (10) Melampsora lini, with hon­our­able men­tions for fungi just miss­ing out on the Top 10, includ­ing Phakopsora pachyrhizi and Rhizoctonia solani. This art­icle presents a short resumé of each fungus in the Top 10 list and its import­ance, with the intent of ini­ti­at­ing dis­cus­sion and debate amongst the plant myco­logy com­munity, as well as lay­ing down a bench-mark. It will be inter­est­ing to see in future years how per­cep­tions change and what fungi will com­prise any future Top 10.

AJ Cann. ORCID 0000-0002-9014-3720

Alan Cann is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Leicester and formerly Internet Consulting Editor for AoB.

3 Responses

  1. Diane says:

    Oh it’s not the last top 10. There is a dis­tinct pos­sib­il­ity that a top 10 plant bac­terial patho­gens will put in an appear­ance later in the year. But then that’s def­in­itely it. Honest!

  2. AJ Cann says:

    Well we’ll “look for­ward” to that then :-)

  3. Gary says:

    The bac­terial Top 10 has in fact finally made an apper­ance, this is the last !!
    Top 10 plant patho­genic bac­teria in molecu­lar plant patho­logy–3703.2012.00804.x/abstract