Soichiro Asuke

Visiting Student
Sophien Kamoun Group

I am interested in plant-pathogen co-evolution and genetic mechanisms of disease resistance. My research aim is to elucidate the genetic mechanism of host specificity between blast fungus, Magnaporthe (Pyricularia) oryzae, and various gramineous plants and contribute to the resistance breading by identifying and cloning new resistance genes from Aegilops, Triticum, Hordeum accessions.

My current project focuses on what drives the M. oryzae pathotype to become increasingly aggressive to wheat over time, and cause epidemics.


Wang S, Asuke S, Vy TTP, Inoue Y, Chuma I, Win J, Kato K, Tosa Y (2018)

A new resistance gene in combination with Rmg8 confers strong resistance against Triticum isolates of Pyricularia oryzae in a common wheat landrace. Phytopathology. 2018 May 16. doi: 10.1094/PHYTO-12-17-0400-R.

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Anh VL, Inoue Y, Asuke S, Vy TTP, Anh NT, Wang S, Chuma I, Tosa Y (2018)

Rmg8 and Rmg7, wheat genes for resistance to the wheat blast fungus, recognize the same avirulence gene AVR-Rmg8. Mol Plant Pathol. 2018 May;19(5):1252-1256. doi: 10.1111/mpp.12609.

Inoue Y, Vy TTP, Yoshida K, Asano H, Mitsuoka C, Asuke S, Anh VL, Cumagun CJR, Chuma I, Terauchi R, Kato K, Mitchell T, Valent B, Farman M, Tosa Y (2017)

Evolution of the wheat blast fungus through functional losses in a host specificity determinant. Science. 2017 Jul 7;357(6346):80-83. doi: 10.1126/science.aam9654.