Raman microscopy tracks maturity of melanin intermediates in Botrytis cinerea, a plant pathogen

Volkov, V.V., Sadaf, A. ORCID: 0000-0003-1428-5783 and Perry, C.C. ORCID: 0000-0003-1517-468X, 2023. Raman microscopy tracks maturity of melanin intermediates in Botrytis cinerea, a plant pathogen. RSC Advances, 13 (2), pp. 1381-1391. ISSN 2046-2069

Full text not available from this repository.


We use Raman microscopy to describe the structure and chemical composition of both conidiophore and hyphae of Botrytis cinerea, a common plant pathogen. To interpret experimental data, we use density functional theory (DFT) to compute Raman tensors specific to an important fungal glycopeptide, a segment of α-chitin, and several naphthalene-based precursors of increasing complexity, which we propose play a role in the melanin synthesis pathway. Using spectral interpretations based on quantum chemical validation, we review microscopy images reconstructed for specific Raman activities and describe differences in distributions of structural components, photo-protective secondary naphthalene-based pigments, and proteins in both spores and hyphal filaments. Comparison of our results with literature data on other fungi suggests an example of convergent evolution expressed at the level of secondary metabolites specific to plant pathogenic fungi. Our results indicate that pre-resonant Raman monitoring of melanin precursors may help assessment of local Botrytis population biology to aid agricultural production.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: RSC Advances
Creators: Volkov, V.V., Sadaf, A. and Perry, C.C.
Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry
Date: 2023
Volume: 13
Number: 2
ISSN: 2046-2069
Rights: © 2023 the author(s). This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 30 Jan 2023 10:28
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2023 10:28
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/48107

Actions (login required)

Edit View Edit View


Views per month over past year


Downloads per month over past year