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Eoin O’Connor

Project Title: Genomic, transcriptomic and proteomic analyses of the response of Agaricus bisporus to mushroom virus X infection.

Overview: My area of research concerns the common button mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) and a disease that impacts commercial mushroom production known as mushroom virus X (MVX). I look at the changes in the transcriptome and proteome of different strains of A. bisporus during MVX infection with the use of bioinformatics. Other elements of my work involve the sequencing a wild isolate of A. bisporus, proteomic characterisation of the interaction of the different strains and developing novel techniques to visualise the viruses in the fungal mycelium.

I am interested in this area of research as A. bisporus is both economically important as it’s Ireland’s largest horticultural sector and biologically significant due to its lignocellulosic breakdown and carbon sequestration capabilities. Researching MVX has expanded my interests to the fascinating systems of fungi-virus interactions.

I hail from the Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland.

Programme Area: Crops, environment and land usage

Supervisors: Dr. Helen Grogan and Dr. David Fitzpatrick

Location: Ashtown Food Research Centre

Funding Source: Teagasc