Back

Jonathan Jones Group

Connect with this group

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?

Please see our Group Homepage for further details.

Latest Publications

View all

Steuernagel B, Witek K, Krattinger SG, Ramirez-Gonzalez RH, Schoonbeek HJ, Yu G, Baggs E, Witek A, Yadav I, Krasileva KV, Jones JD, Uauy C, Keller B, Ridout CJ, Wulff BB (2020)

The NLR-Annotator tool enables annotation of the intracellular immune receptor repertoire. Plant Physiol. 2020 Mar 17. pii: pp.01273.2019. doi: 10.1104/pp.19.01273.

Read more

Ngou BPM, Ahn HK, Ding P, Redkar A, Brown H, Ma Y, Youles M, Tomlinson L, Jones JDG (2020)

Estradiol-inducible AvrRps4 expression reveals distinct properties of TIR-NLR-mediated effector-triggered immunity. J Exp Bot. 2020 Feb 12. pii: erz571. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erz571.

Read more

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.

Read more

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.

Read more