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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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Weßling R, Epple P, Altmann S, He Y, Yang L, Henz SR, McDonald N, Wiley K, Bader KC, Gläßer C, Mukhtar MS, Haigis S, Ghamsari L, Stephens AE, Ecker JR, Vidal M, Jones JD, Mayer KF, Ver Loren van Themaat E, Weigel D, Schulze-Lefert P, Dangl JL, Panstruga R, Braun P.

Convergent Targeting of a Common Host Protein-Network by Pathogen Effectors from Three Kingdoms of Life. Cell Host & Microbe 16: 364 – 375 (2014) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chom.2014.08.004

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Kamoun S, Furzer O, Jones JD, Judelson HS, Ali GS, Dalio RJ, Roy SG, Schena L, Zambounis A, Panabières F, Cahill D, Ruocco M, Figueiredo A, Chen XR, Hulvey J, Stam R, Lamour K, Gijzen M, Tyler BM, Grünwald NJ, Mukhtar MS, Tomé DF, Tör M, Van den Ackerveken G, McDowell J, Daayf F, Fry WE, Lindqvist-Kreuze H, Meijer HJ, Petre B, Ristaino J, Yoshida K, Birch PR, Govers F. (2014)

The Top 10 oomycete pathogens in molecular plant pathology. Mol Plant Pathol. 2014 Sep 1. doi: 10.1111/mpp.12190. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25178392.

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Zhou X, Graumann K, Wirthmueller L, Jones JD, Meier I. (2014)

Identification of unique SUN-interacting nuclear envelope proteins with diverse functions in plants. J Cell Biol. 2014 Jun 9;205(5):677-92.

Ghanasyam Rallapalli, Eric Kemen, Alexandre Robert-Seilaniantz, Cecile Segonzac, Graham Etherington, Kee Sohn, Daniel MacLean, and Jonathan Jones. (2014)

Exprss: an illumina based high-throughput expression-profiling method to reveal transcriptional dynamics. BMC Genomics, 15(1):341

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