Gregor Kolbe did two summer studentships and an honours project in Prof Nick Read’s lab at the University of Edinburgh. His research focused on fungal cell development using Neurospora crassa as a model.
Currently he is interested in the transmission of fungal viruses (mycoviruses) between strains of the plant pathogen Botrytis cinerea which are genetically incompatible. He is also interested in the taxonomy of macrofungi.
B. cinerea populations have many different vegetative compatibility groups; this is currently believed to be the main barrier to virus spread. For his PhD research, Gregor is investigating the Botrytis Virus X (BVX) transmission patterns between vegetatively incompatible strains of the B. cinerea.
Characterising BVX transmission is important as it is a potential biocontrol agent against B. cinerea, which is currently one of the major causes for produce loss in our vineyards.