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Research interests

Our research focuses on molecular characterisation of compatible and incompatible interactions between plants and their pathogens. Our research interests include mechanistic understanding of processes such as how plant immune receptors perceive microbial pathogenicity proteins (effectors) in order to activate defence and how pathogens evolve to circumvent such recognition events. We are similarly interested in comparative genomics and evolution of pathogens with the aim of better understanding host specialization and virulence.

In order to achieve this, we work on Albugo candida – Brassicaceae pathosystem. The obligate biotrophic parasite Albugo candida infects many distinct Brassicaceae and it causes white blister rust disease resulting in significant losses on economically important oilseed and vegetable brassica crops. Albugo candida consists of physiological races that each specialize on distinct hosts. Some Albugo candida races can also infect the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and this provides an excellent opportunity to elucidate some of the fundamental questions in plant-microbe interactions.

Our current research activities include:

  • How various White Rust Resistance (WRR) proteins recognise different races of Albugo candida and activate downstream signalling leading to resistance
  • Resistance protein engineering for a broader recognition specificity
  • Identification and characterisation of plant developmental processes manipulated by plant pathogens to impose susceptibility
  • Identification of novel susceptibility factors required for host colonisation by Albugo candida
  • How different Albugo candida races evolved to colonize distinct host species  

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Arabidopsis Medicine & Life Sciences
Pathogens Chemical Compounds
Albugo candida Agriculture & Biology
Arabidopsis thaliana Agriculture & Biology
Nucleotides Medicine & Life Sciences
pathogens Agriculture & Biology
Leucine Medicine & Life Sciences
genes Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2000 2019

5 Citations (Scopus)

Albugo candida race diversity, ploidy and host-associated microbes revealed using DNA sequence capture on diseased plants in the field

Jouet, A., Saunders, D. G. O., McMullan, M., Ward, B., Furzer, O., Jupe, F., Cevik, V., Hein, I., Thilliez, G. J. A., Holub, E., van Oosterhout, C. & Jones, J. D. G., 1 Feb 2019, In : New Phytologist. 221, 3, p. 1529-1543 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Albugo candida
Plant Diseases
1 Citation (Scopus)

A Species-Wide Inventory of NLR Genes and Alleles in Arabidopsis thaliana

Van de Weyer, A. L., Monteiro, F., Furzer, O. J., Nishimura, M. T., Cevik, V., Witek, K., Jones, J. D. G., Dangl, J. L., Weigel, D. & Bemm, F., 22 Aug 2019, In : Cell. 178, 5, p. 1260-1272.e14

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
16 Citations (Scopus)

Diverse NLR immune receptors activate defence via the RPW8-NLR NRG1

Castel, B., Ngou, P-M., Cevik, V., Redkar, A., Kim, D-S., Yang, Y., Ding, P. & Jones, J. D. G., 1 Apr 2019, In : New Phytologist. 222, 2, p. 966-980 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
7 Citations (Scopus)

Transgressive segregation reveals mechanisms of Arabidopsis immunity to Brassica-infecting races of white rust (Albugo candida)

Cevik, V., Boutrot, F., Apel, W., Robert-Seilaniantz, A., Furzer, O. J., Redkar, A., Castel, B., Kover, P. X., Prince, D. C., Holub, E. B. & Jones, J. D. G., 12 Feb 2019, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 116, 7, p. 2767-2773 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

A downy mildew effector evades recognition by polymorphism of expression and subcellular localization

Asai, S., Furzer, O. J., Cevik, V., Kim, D. S., Ishaque, N., Goritschnig, S., Staskawicz, B. J., Shirasu, K. & Jones, J. D. G., 5 Dec 2018, In : Nature Communications. 9, 1, p. 1-11 11 p., 5192.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access