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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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Ding P, Ngou BPM, Furzer OJ, Sakai T, Shrestha RK, MacLean D, Jones JDG (2020)

High-resolution Expression Profiling of Selected Gene Sets during Plant Immune Activation. Plant Biotechnol J. 2020 Jan 8. doi: 10.1111/pbi.13327.

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Andolfo G, Donato AD, Chiaiese P, Natale A, Pollio A, Jones JDG, Frusciante L, Ercolano MR (2019)

Alien domains shaped the modular structure of plant NLR proteins. Genome Biol Evol. 2019 Nov 15. pii: evz248. doi: 10.1093/gbe/evz248.

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Castel B, Wu Y, Xiao S, Jones JDG (2019)

An rpw8 quadruple mutant of Arabidopsis Col-0 is partially compromised in bacterial and fungal resistance. bioRxiv preprint Nov 12, 2019 doi:

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Varshney RK, Godwin ID, Mohapatra T, Jones JDG, McCouch SR (2019)

News & Views: A SWEET solution to rice blight. Nat Biotechnol, (2019)

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