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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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Steuernagel B, Witek K, Jones JDG, Wulff BBH (2017)

MutRenSeq: A Method for Rapid Cloning of Plant Disease Resistance Genes. Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1659:215-229. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7249-4_19.

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Giolai M, Paajanen P, Verweij W, Witek K, Jones JDG, Clark M (2017)

Comparative analysis of targeted long read sequencing approaches for characterization of a plant’s immune receptor repertoire. BMC Genomics. 2017 Jul 26;18(1):564. doi: 10.1186/s12864-017-3936-7.

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Wirthmueller L, Asai S, Rallapalli G, Sklenar J, Fabro G, Kim DS, Lintermann R, Jaspers P, Wrzaczek M, Kangasjärvi L, MacLean D, Menke FLH, Banfield MJ, JDG (2017)

An Oomycete Effector Protein Induces Shade Avoidance In Arabidopsis And Attenuates Salicylate Signaling By Binding To Host Proteins Of The RADICAL-INDUCED CELL DEATH1 Family. bioRxiv preprint May 14, 2017 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/137844

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Huh SU, Cevik V, Ding P, Duxbury Z, Ma Y, Tomlinson L, Sarris PF, Jones JDG (2017)

Protein-protein interactions in the RPS4/RRS1 immune receptor complex. PLoS Pathog. 2017 May 5;13(5):e1006376. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006376.

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