Cyril Zipfel

Project Leader

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Research interests

We are using a combination of forward- and reverse-genetics, as well as biochemical and proteomic approaches to answer the main questions underlying our research programme:


  • How are pamp perceived?
  • What are the signalling events downstream of pamp perception?
  • What is the contribution of pamp perception to plant immunity?

Selected Publications

Schwessinger B, Roux M, Kadota Y, Ntoukakis V, Sklenar J, Jones AM and Zipfel C (2011) Phosphorylation-dependent differential regulation of plant growth, cell death and innate immunity by the regulatory receptor-like kinase BAK1. PLoS Genetics, 7(4): e1002046.

Segonzac C, Feike D, Gimenez-Ibanez S, Hann D, Zipfel C and Rathjen JP (2011) Hierarchy and roles of PAMP-induced responses in Nicotiana benthamiana. Plant Physiology, First Published on April 8, 2011; doi:10.1104/pp.110.171249.

Chaparro-Garcia A, Wilkinson RC, Gimenez-Ibanez S, Findlay K, Coffey MD, Zipfel C, Rathjen JP, Kamoun S, Schornack S (2011) The receptor-like kinase SERK3/BAK1 is required for basal resistance against the Irish potato famine pathogen Phytophthora infestans in Nicotiana benthamiana.PLoS One, e16608.

Segonzac C and Zipfel C (2011) Activation of plant pattern-recognition receptors by bacteria.Current Opinion in Microbiology, 14 (1):54-61.

Liebminger E, Veit C, Pabst M, Batoux M, Zipfel C, Altmann F, Mach L and Strasser R (2011) HEXO1 and HEXO3 are responsible for the formation of paucimannosidic N-glycans in Arabidopsis thaliana. JBC 286: 10793-10802.

Segonzac C and Zipfel C (2011) Activation of plant pattern-recognition receptors by bacteria. Current Opinion in Microbiology, 14 (1):54-61.