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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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Latest Publications

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Shrestha RK, Ding P, Jones JDG, MacLean D (2018)

A workflow for simplified analysis of ATAC-cap-seq data in R. GigaScience, 2017, 1–7. DOI: 10.1093/gigascience/giy080

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Aguilera-Galvez C, Champouret N, Rietman H, Lin X, Wouters D, Chu Z, Jones JDG, Vossen JH, Visser RGF, Wolters PJ, Vleeshouwers VGAA (2018)

Two different R gene loci co-evolved with Avr2 of Phytophthora infestans and confer distinct resistance specificities in potato. Stud Mycol. 2018 Mar;89:105-115. doi: 10.1016/j.simyco.2018.01.002.

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Steuernagel B, Witek K, Krattinger SG, Ramirez-Gonzalez RH, Schoonbeek HJ, Guotai G, Baggs E, Witek A, Yadav I, Krasileva KV, Jones JDG, Uauy C, Keller B, Ridout CJ, The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, Wulff B (2018)

Physical and transcriptional organisation of the bread wheat intracellular immune receptor repertoire. bioRxiv preprint Jun 05, 2018 doi: doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/339424

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Ding P, Guo H, Jones JDG (2018)

Deadlier than the malate. Cell Res. 2018 May 29. doi: 10.1038/s41422-018-0042-6.