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Prof James Brown

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Curriculum Vitae

  • 1982 BA in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge
  • 1989 PhD, University of Cambridge
  • 1989-present Project leader, John Innes Centre
  • 2006-present Honorary professor, University of East Anglia

James Brown

Project Leader

Crop Genetics

Contact details

Tel: +44 (0)1603 450615

Research interests

There is a constant struggle between plants and their parasites: as plants evolve to become resistant to disease, parasites evolve to overcome that resistance. Consequently, crops in agriculture are exposed to a constantly changing population of different genotypes and species of parasites.

My group's research relates to the need to produce new crop varieties with elite standards of yield and quality and acceptable, all-round disease resistance. Much of our research concerns trade-offs between responses to different diseases and between disease resistance and other desirable traits, while we also research processes by which plants and parasites coevolve to become adapted to one another.

We work on several diseases, as appropriate for the research in question. Most of our work is on fungal pathogens of cereals, especially powdery mildew of barley and wheat, septoria tritici blotch of wheat and ramularia leaf spot of barley. Our research on coevolution uses of mathematical and computer modelling.

Recent Publications

Brown J. K. M., Andrivon D., Collinge D. B., Nicholson P. (2013)
Fitness Costs and Trade-offs in Plant Disease
Plant Pathology 62 (Suppl. 1) 1-1
DOI: 10.1111/ppa.12124
Brown J. K. M., Rant J. C. (2013)
Fitness costs and trade-offs of disease resistance and their consequences for breeding arable crops
Plant Pathology 62 8395.
Creissen H. E., Jorgensen T. H., Brown J. K. (2013)
Stabilization of yield in plant genotype mixtures through compensation rather than complementation.
Annals of Botany 112 (7) 1439-1447
Rant J. C., Arraiano L. S., Chabannes M., Brown J. K. (2013)
Quantitative trait loci for partial resistance to Pseudomonas syringae pv. maculicola in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Molecular Plant Pathology 14 (8) 828-837
Summers R. K., Brown J. K. M. (2013)
Constraints on breeding for disease resistance in commercially competitive wheat cultivars
Plant Pathology 62 115121.
Wingen L. U., Shaw M. W., Brown J. K. M. (2013)
Long-distance dispersal and its influence on adaptation to host resistance in a heterogeneous landscape
Plant Pathology 62 (1) 9-20