Mr Jan Bettgenhaeuser

PhD Student
Matthew Moscou Group

My research interests concern the host range of wheat stripe rust, particularly what genetic factors condition nonhost resistance in grasses taxonomically distant to wheat. To this end, I phenotyped a diversity set of the model grass species Brachypodium distachyon and am currently developing mapping populations to identify QTLs conferring resistance. Initial QTL analyses for one of these populations with two pathogen isolates have identified two major and two isolate-specific loci.

Future research will determine whether these loci harbour novel disease resistance genes, which may be utilised to engineer nonhost resistance to wheat stripe rust in wheat.


Bettgenhaeuser J, Corke FM, Opanowicz M, Green P, Hernández-Pinzón I, Doonan JH, Moscou MJ (2016)

Natural variation in Brachypodium links vernalization and flowering time loci as major flowering determinants. Plant Physiol. 2016 Sep 20. pii: pp.00813.2016.

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Dawson AM, Bettgenhaeuser J, Gardiner M, Green P, Hernández-Pinzón I, Hubbard A, Moscou MJ (2015)

The development of quick, robust, quantitative phenotypic assays for describing the host–nonhost landscape to stripe rust. Front. Plant Sci., 27 October 2015

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Bettgenhaeuser J, Gilbert B, Ayliffe M, Moscou MJ (2014)

Nonhost resistance to rust pathogens – a continuation of continua. Front. Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00664

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Job History

2012 – present PhD Student, The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK.

2008 – 2012 BSc Student, University of Edinburgh, UK.

2010 – 2011 Exchange Student, University of California, USA.