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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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Furzer O, Cevik V, Fairhead S, Bailey K, Redkar A, Schudmoma C, MacLean D, Holub EB, Jones JDG (2021)

An improved assembly of the Albugo candida Ac2V genome reveals the expansion of the “CCG” class of effectors. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2021 Sep 21. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-04-21-0075-R.

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Ngou BPM, Jones JDG, Pingtao Ding P (2021)

Plant immune networks. Trends Plant Sci. 2021 Sep 18:S1360-1385(21)00243-0. doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2021.08.012.

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Ding P, Sakai T, Shrestha RK, Perez NM, Guo W, Ngou BPM, He S, Liu C, Feng X, Zhang R, Vandepoele K, MacLean D, Jones JDG (2021)

Chromatin accessibility landscapes activated by cell-surface and intracellular immune receptors. J Exp Bot. 2021 Aug 13:erab373. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erab373.

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Wang H, Trusch F, Turnbull D, Aguilera-Galvez C, Breen S, Naqvi S, Jones JDG, Hein I, Tian Z, Vleeshouwers V, Gilroy E, Birch PR. (2021)

Evolutionarily distinct Resistance proteins detect a pathogen effector through its association with different host targets. New Phytol. 2021 Aug 2. doi: 10.1111/nph.17660.

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