Happy holidays from the @KamounLab!

 

FiFi (Phytophthora) The Oomycete


(adapted from Frosty The Snowman)

 

Fifi the oomycete is a scary parasite,
With flagellated spores and hyphal threads
She kills crops and triggers blight.

 

Fifi the oomycete is a heterokont, they say,
She’s fungus-like but the scientists
Know how she had plastids one day.

 

There must have been some magic in those
Transposons they found.
For when they mapped ‘em on the genome
They began to jump around.

 

Fifi the oomycete has a big genome, they say,
Full of repeats but don’t call it junk
‘cause can be handy one day.

 

O, Fifi the oomycete
Was as virulent as she’s been;
and scientists say she secretes her way
Inside potatoes and bean.

 

Fifi the oomycete found
A resistant plant that day,
So she said, "Let's run and
There’ll be no fun
Until I mutate away."

 

There must have been some magic in those
Transposons they found.
For when they mapped ‘em on the genome
They began to jump around.

 

For Fifi the oomycete
Keeps evolving in her way,
But don’t wave her goodbye,
Don't you even try,
She’ll be back again some day.

 


Via Kamoun Lab @ TSL, Jean-Michel Ané