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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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Sohn et al (2014)

Sohn KH, Segonzac C, Rallapalli G, Sarris PF, Woo JY, Williams SJ, Newman TE, Paek KH, Kobe B, Jones JD. (2014)

The Nuclear Immune Receptor RPS4 Is Required for RRS1SLH1-Dependent Constitutive Defense Activation in Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS Genet. 2014 Oct 23;10(10):e1004655. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1004655

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Asai et al PLOS Path 2014

Asai S, Rallapalli G, Piquerez SJM, Caillaud MC, Furzer OJ, Ishaque N, Wirthmueller L, Fabro G, Shirasu K, Jones JDG (2014)

Expression Profiling during Arabidopsis/Downy Mildew Interaction Reveals a Highly-Expressed Effector That Attenuates Responses to Salicylic Acid. PLoS Pathog 10(10): e1004443. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1004443

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Wirthmueller L, Roth C, Fabro G, Caillaud MC, Rallapalli G, Asai S, Sklenar J, Jones AM, Wiermer M, Jones JD, Banfield MJ. (2014)

Probing formation of cargo/importin-α transport complexes in plant cells using a pathogen effector. Plant Journal (2014) doi: 10.1111/tpj.12691

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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. (2014)

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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