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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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Kawashima CG, Guimarães GA, Nogueira SR, MacLean D, Cook DR, Steuernagel B, Baek J, Bouyioukos C, Melo BD, Tristão G, de Oliveira JC, Rauscher G, Mittal S, Panichelli L, Bacot K, Johnson E, Iyer G, Tabor G, Wulff BB, Ward E, Rairdan GJ, Broglie KE, Wu G, van Esse HP, Jones JD, Brommonschenkel SH (2016)

A pigeonpea gene confers resistance to Asian soybean rust in soybean. Nature Biotechnology (2016) doi:10.1038/nbt.3554

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Witek K, Jupe F, Witek AI, Baker D, Clark MD, Jones JDG (2016)

Accelerated cloning of a potato late blight–resistance gene using RenSeq and SMRT sequencing. Nature Biotechnology (2016) doi:10.1038/nbt.3540

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Steuernagel B, Periyannan SK, Hernández-Pinzón I, Witek K, Rouse MN, Yu G, Hatta A, Ayliffe M, Bariana H, Jones JD, Lagudah ES, Wulff BB (2016)

Rapid cloning of disease-resistance genes in plants using mutagenesis and sequence capture. Nature Biotechnology (2016) doi:10.1038/nbt.3543

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Walter S, Ali S, Kemen E, Nazari K, Bahri BA, Enjalbert J, Hansen JG, Brown JK, Sicheritz-Pontén T, Jones J, de Vallavieille-Pope C, Hovmøller MS, Justesen AF (2016)

Molecular markers for tracking the origin and worldwide distribution of invasive strains of Puccinia striiformis. Ecol Evol. 2016 Mar 20. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2069.

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