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We study how filamentous plant pathogens, such as the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans, infect plants, and the plant processes that are modulated by these pathogens.

We aim to exploit state of the art findings on pathogen genomics and effector biology to develop novel disease resistant crops.

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Ryder LS, Dagdas YF, Kershaw MJ, Venkataraman C, Madzvamuse A, Yan, X Cruz-Mireles N, Soanes DM, Oses-Ruiz M, Styles V, Sklenar J, Menke FLH, Talbot NJ (2019)

A sensor kinase controls turgor-driven plant infection by the rice blast fungus. Nature 09 Oct 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-019-1637-x

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De la Concepcion JC, Franceschetti M, MacLean D, Terauchi R, Kamoun S, Banfield MJ (2019)

Protein engineering expands the effector recognition profile of a rice NLR immune receptor. Elife. 2019 Sep 19;8. pii: e47713. doi: 10.7554/eLife.47713.

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Zess EK, Jensen C, Cruz-Mireles N, De la Concepcion JC, Sklenar J, Stephani M, Imre R, Roitinger E, Hughes R, Belhaj K, Mechtler K, Menke FLH, Bozkurt T, Banfield MJ, Kamoun S, Maqbool A, Dagdas YF (2019)

N-terminal β-strand underpins biochemical specialization of an ATG8 isoform. PLoS Biol. 2019 Jul 22;17(7):e3000373. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.3000373.

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Varden FA, Saitoh H, Yoshino K, Franceschetti M, Kamoun S, Terauchi R, Banfield MJ (2019)

Cross-reactivity of a rice NLR immune receptor to distinct effectors from the rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae provides partial disease resistance. J Biol Chem. 2019 Jul 11. pii: jbc.RA119.007730. doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA119.007730.

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