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Cellular communication processes within a fungal colony or in host-pathogen interactions are crucial to allow adequate development or host infection. We use the hemibiotrophic maize pathogen Colletotrichum graminicola to study both communication types with special emphasis on germination, germling fusion, chemotropic growth to host plant signals, and plant infection. Seeking for the identification of signals, receptors and downstream pathways, we apply genetic, biochemical, bioanalytical, and microscopy techniques. Based on these findings, we also evaluate communication factors for their probable use in biotechnological applications.

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