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We are interested in how plants resist disease, and in how resistance is overcome by pathogens.  To suppress host defence, pathogens secrete effector proteins into plant cells or into their apoplastic spaces.  How these effectors work, and the identity of their targets in the host, help us understand plant defence mechanisms.

We work on the following problems.

1) How do plant NB-LRR disease resistance proteins recognize pathogen effectors and then activate defence?

2) What are the effectors of the Arabidopsis downy mildew and white rust pathogens (Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis and Albugo sp), and how do they suppress host defences?

3) Can we find and clone new sources of resistance to potato late blight from wild Solanum species?

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Moon M, Pandey A, Yoon H, Choi S, Jeon H, Prokchorchik M, Jung G, Witek K, Valls M, McCann HC, Kim MS, Jones JDG, Segonzac C, Sohn KH (2021)

Identification of RipAZ1 as an avirulence determinant of Ralstonia solanacearum in Solanum americanum. Mol Plant Pathol. 2021; 00: 1– 17. https://doi.org/10.1111/mpp.13030

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Sun X, Lapin D, Feehan JM, Stolze SC, Kramer K, Dongus JA, Rzemieniewski J, Blanvillain-Baufume S, Harzen A, Bautor J, Derbyshire P, Menke FLH, Finkemeier I, Nakagami H, Jones JDG, Parker JE (2020)

Pathogen effector recognition-dependent association of NRG1 with EDS1 and SAG101 in TNL receptor immunity. bioRxiv preprint Dec 22, 2020 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.21.423810

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Guo G, Wang S, Jones JDG (2020)

Autoactive Arabidopsis RPS4 alleles require partner protein RRS1-R. Plant Physiology, kiaa076, https://doi.org/10.1093/plphys/kiaa076

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Michalopoulou VA, Kotsaridis K, Mermigka G, Kotsifaki D, Kokkinidis M, Celie PHN, Jones JDG, Sarris PF (2020)

The host exocyst complex is targeted by a conserved bacterial type III effector protein that promotes virulence. bioRxiv preprint Nov 07, 2020 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.11.06.371260

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