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Plant diseases regularly cause severe crop losses that devastate food production for millions of people.

These losses can have enormous humanitarian and economic costs, and the use of crop protection compounds to combat disease can pose environmental and human health risks. Therefore, durable disease resistance solutions are required to assure food security.

Within the 2Blades group, we perform translational research leveraging the advanced understanding of molecular host-pathogen interactions at TSL to deliver new solutions against relevant plant diseases.

These novel discoveries are subsequently developed into products for subsistence and commercial farmers via the 2Blades Foundation and commercial partners.

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Courville KJ, Frantzeskakis L, Gul S, Haeger N, Kellner R, Heßler N, Day B, Usadel B, Gupta YK, van Esse HP, Brachmann A, Kemen E, Feldbrügge M, Göhre V (2019)

Smut infection of perennial hosts: the genome and the transcriptome of the Brassicaceae smut fungus Thecaphora thlaspeos reveal functionally conserved and novel effectors. New Phytol. 2019 Jan 21. doi: 10.1111/nph.15692.

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Moscou MJ, van Esse HP (2017)

The quest for durable resistance. Science: Vol. 358, Issue 6370, pp. 1541-1542 DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4797

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van Esse P (2017)

Guarding the granary. The Biochemist; Volume 39 No 3 June 2017

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van Esse GW, Ten Hove CA, Guzzonato F, van Esse HP, Boekschoten M, Ridder L, Vervoort J, de Vries SC (2016)

Transcriptional analysis of serk1 and serk3 receptor-like kinase mutants. Plant Physiol. 2016 Nov 1. pii: pp.01478.2016.

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