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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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Xing L, Hu P, Liu J, Witek K, Zhou S, Xu J, Zhou W, Gao L, Huang Z, Zhang R, Wang X, Chen P, Wang H, Jones JDG, Karafiátová M, Vrána J, Bartoš J, Doležel J, Tian Y, Wu Y, Cao A (2018)

Pm21 from Haynaldia villosa Encodes a CC-NBS-LRR that Confers Powdery Mildew Resistance in Wheat. Mol Plant. 2018 Mar 19. pii: S1674-2052(18)30085-6. doi: 10.1016/j.molp.2018.02.013.

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Chen X, Lewandowska D, Armstrong MR, Baker K, Lim TY, Bayer M, Harrower B, McLean K, Jupe F, Witek K, Lees AK, Jones JD, Bryan GJ, Hein I (2018)

Identification and rapid mapping of a gene conferring broad-spectrum late blight resistance in the diploid potato species Solanum verrucosum through DNA capture technologies. Theor Appl Genet. 2018 Mar 20. doi: 10.1007/s00122-018-3078-6.

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Arora S, Steuernagel B, Chandramohan S, Long Y, Matny O, Johnson R, Enk J, Periyannan S, M. Hatta MAM, Athiyannan N, Cheema J, Yu G, Kangara N, Ghosh S, Szabo LJ, Poland J, Bariana H, Jones JDG, Bentley AR, Ayliffe M, Olson E, Xu SS, Steffenson BJ, Lagudah E, Wulff BH (2018)

Resistance gene discovery and cloning by sequence capture and association genetics. bioRxiv preprint Jan 15, 2018 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/248146

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Steuernagel B, Witek K, Jones JDG, Wulff BBH (2017)

MutRenSeq: A Method for Rapid Cloning of Plant Disease Resistance Genes. Methods Mol Biol. 2017;1659:215-229. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-7249-4_19.

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