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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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Michelmore RW, Coaker G, Bart R, Beattie GA, Bent A, Bruce T, Cameron D, Dangl J, Dinesh-Kumar S, Edwards R, Eves-van den Akker S, Gassmann W, Greenberg J, Harrison R, He P, Harvey J, Huffaker A, Hulbert S, Innes R, Jones JD, Kaloshian I, Kamoun S, Katagiri F, Leach JE, Ma W, McDowell JM, Medford J, Meyers B, Nelson R, Oliver RP, Qi Y, Saunders D, Shaw M, Subudhi P, Torrance L, Tyler BM, Walsh J (2017)

Foundational and translational research opportunities to improve plant health. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2017 Apr 11. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-01-17-0010-CR.

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Prince DC, Rallapalli G, Xu D, Schoonbeek H-J, Cevik V, Asai S, Kemen E, Cruz-Mireles N, Kemen A, Belhaj K, Schornack S, Kamoun S, Holub EB, Halkier BA, Jones JDG (2017)

Albugo-imposed changes to tryptophan-derived antimicrobial metabolite biosynthesis may contribute to suppression of non-host resistance to Phytophthora infestans in Arabidopsis thaliana. BMC Biology 15:20 DOI 10.1186/s12915-017-0360-z

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Yu G, Champouret N, Steuernagel B, Olivera PD, Simmons J, Williams C, Johnson R, Moscou MJ, Hernández-Pinzón I, Green P, Sela H, Millet E, Jones JD, Ward ER, Steffenson BJ, Wulff BB (2017)

Discovery and characterization of two new stem rust resistance genes in Aegilops sharonensis. Theor Appl Genet. 2017 Mar 8. doi: 10.1007/s00122-017-2882-8.

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Jones JD, Banfield MJ (2017)

Commentary: Two-faced TIRs trip the immune switch. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Feb 27. pii: 201700954. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1700954114.

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