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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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Asai S, Furzer OJ, Cevik V, Kim DS, Ishaque N, Goritschnig S, Staskawicz BJ, Shirasu K, Jones JDG (2018)

A downy mildew effector evades recognition by polymorphism of expression and subcellular localization. Nature Communications Volume 9, Article number: 5192 (2018)

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Newman TE, Lee J, Williams SJ, Choi S, Halane MK, Zhou J, Solomon P, Kobe B, Jones JDG, Segonzac C, Sohn KH (2018)

Autoimmunity and effector recognition in Arabidopsis thaliana can be uncoupled by mutations in the RRS1‐R immune receptor. New Phytol. 2018 Nov 30. doi: 10.1111/nph.15617.

Jouet A, Saunders DGO, McMullan M, Ward B, Furzer O, Jupe F, Cevik V, Hein I, Thilliez GJA, Holub E, van Oosterhout C, Jones JDG (2018)

Albugo candida race diversity, ploidy and host-associated microbes revealed using DNA sequence capture on diseased plants in the field. New Phytol. 2018 Oct 5. doi: 10.1111/nph.15417.

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Thilliez GJA, Armstrong MR, Lim TY, Baker K, Jouet A, Ward B, van Oosterhout C, Jones JDG, Huitema E, Birch PRJ, Hein I (2018)

Pathogen enrichment sequencing (PenSeq) enables population genomic studies in oomycetes. New Phytol. 2018 Oct 5. doi: 10.1111/nph.15441.

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