"Fusarium oxysporum f.sp lycopersici is a soil borne phytopathogenic fungus of economic significance which infects tomato leading to symptoms typical of vascular wilting. F. oxysporum mediated disease development process has been extensively studied. Thisfungus colonizes the root cortex and proliferates within the xylem vessels leading to characteristic disease symptoms like vein clearing, leaf epinasty, wilt, defoliation and ultimately host plant death. It has also been reported as an emerging human pathogen, causingopportunistic mycoses. The genome of this fungus has been sequenced recently by the Broad Institute and has provided with large amount of genetic information that has to be decoded so as to apply the valuable information to understand the process of pathogenesis.This in turn would strengthen our approach towards devising the novel strategies for disease control. The important consideration for applying any genetic engineering approach in an organism is the requirement of an efficient transformation method.
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