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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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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 (2020)

Chromatin accessibility landscapes activated by cell surface and intracellular immune receptors. bioRxiv preprint June 18, 2020 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.17.157040

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Feehan JM, Castel B, Bentham AR, Jones JD (2020)

Plant NLRs Get by With a Little Help From Their Friends. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2020 Jun 14;56:99-108. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2020.04.006.

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Witek K, Lin X, Karki HS, Jupe F, Witek AI, Steuernagel B, Stam R, Van Oosterhout C, Fairhead S, Cocker JM, Bhanvadia S, Barrett W, Song T, Vleeshouwers VGAA, Tomlinson L, Wulff BBH, Jones JDG (2020)

A complex resistance locus in Solanum americanum recognizes a conserved Phytophthora effector. bioRxiv preprint May 15, 2020 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.15.095497

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Lin X, Song T, Fairhead S, Witek K, Jouet A, Jupe F, Witek AI, Vleeshouwers VGAA, Hein I, Jones JDG (2020)

Identification of Avramr1 from Phytophthora infestans using long read and cDNA pathogen-enrichment sequencing (PenSeq). bioRxiv preprint May 14, 2020 doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.05.14.095158

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