Our group studies wheat genomics and plant innate immunity. We are interested in understanding the molecular basis of plant disease resistance in wheat, a grass that is both amenable to basic research and highly important to agriculture.

Main areas of research are:

1)      Development of functional genomic tools for wheat

2)      Understanding the fundamental molecular pathways of plant immunity in wheat

3)      Isolation of new sources of disease resistance from mutagenized populations

4)      Accelerating gene cloning and trait transfer via new genomic technologies


This group is formed by partnership of the Earlham Institute (Triticeae Genomics) and The Sainsbury Laboratory.

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Baggs E, Dagdas G, Krasileva KV (2017)

NLR diversity, helpers and integrated domains: making sense of the NLR IDentity. Curr Opin Plant Biol. 38:59-67. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2017.04.012.

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Clavijo BJ, Venturini L, Schudoma C, Accinelli GG, Kaithakottil G, Wright J, Borrill P, Kettleborough G, Heavens D, Chapman H, Lipscombe J, Barker T, Lu FH, McKenzie N, Raats D, Ramirez-Gonzalez RH, Coince A, Peel N, Percival-Alwyn L, Duncan O, Trösch J, Yu G, Bolser DM, Namaati G, Kerhornou A, Spannagl M, Gundlach H, Haberer G, Davey RP, Fosker C, Palma FD, Phillips A, Millar AH, Kersey PJ, Uauy C, Krasileva KV, Swarbreck D, Bevan MW, Clark MD (2017)

An improved assembly and annotation of the allohexaploid wheat genome identifies complete families of agronomic genes and provides genomic evidence for chromosomal translocations. Genome Res. 2017. doi: 10.1101/gr.217117.116

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Bevan MW, Uauy C, Wulff BBH, Zhou J, Krasileva K, Clark MD (2017)

Genomic innovation for crop improvement. Nature 543, 346–354. doi:10.1038/nature22011

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Bailey PC, Dagdas G, Baggs E, Haerty W, Krasileva KV (2017)

Immune receptors with exogenous domain fusions form evolutionary hotspots in grass genomes. bioRxiv preprint January 20, 2017 doi:

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