Dr Brande Wulff

Project Leader
Crop Genetics

My research focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of plant-microbe interactions.

I am interested in how microbial effector proteins, their host targets, and plant immune receptors co-evolve.

My work seeks to translate knowledge of this interaction into practical solutions for genetic disease control in agricultural systems. My focus is on bread wheat and two major diseases of wheat – stem rust and Septoria tritici blotch (STB). Also, I am interested in the mechanism and evolution of a novel gene-for-gene resistance between wheat and Zymoseptoria tritici, the causal agent of STB.

My long-term goal is to understand this mechanism, and to provide resistance gene–based solutions to prevalent disease threats in the UK and worldwide.


Tel: 01603450288

New MutChromSeq technique makes valuable genes easier to find

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New gene-detecting technology developed at the John Innes Centre brings new, resilient super wheat closer.

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Field Pathogenomics: a defence against rust and other "Cereal Killers"

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New world-class scientific collaboration to use genomics to combat devastating crop rusts

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Recent Publications

Yu G., Champouret N., Steuernagel B., Olivera P. D., Simmons J., Williams C., Johnson R., Moscou M. J., Hernandez-Pinzon I., Green P., Sela H., Millet E., Jones J. D., Ward E. R., Steffenson B. J., Wulff B. B. (2017)

Discovery and characterization of two new stem rust resistance genes in Aegilops sharonensis.

TAG. Theoretical and applied genetics. Theoretische und angewandte Genetik 10.1007/s00122-017-2882-8. p16

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/s00122-017-2882-8

Bevan M. W., Uauy C., Wulff B. B., Zhou J., Krasileva K., Clark M. D. (2017)

Genomic innovation for crop improvement.

Sánchez-Martín J., Steuernagel B., Ghosh S., Herren G., Hurni S., Adamski N., Vrána J., Kubaláková M., Krattinger S. G., Wicker T., Doleel J., Keller B., Wulff B. B. (2016)

Rapid gene isolation in barley and wheat by mutant chromosome sequencing.

Genome biology 17 p221

Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s13059-016-1082-1

Steuernagel B., Periyannan S. K., Hernández-Pinzón I., Witek K., Rouse M. N., Yu G., Hatta A., Ayliffe M., Bariana H., Jones J. D., Lagudah E. S., Wulff B. B. (2016)

Rapid cloning of disease-resistance genes in plants using mutagenesis and sequence capture.

Nature Biotechnology 34 p652-655

Publisher’s version: 10.1038/nbt.3543

Kawashima C. G., Guimarães G. A., Nogueira S. R., MacLean D., Cook D. R., Steuernagel B., Baek J., Bouyioukos C., Melo B. d. o. . V., Tristão G., de Oliveira J. C., Rauscher G., Mittal S., Panichelli L., Bacot K., Johnson E., Iyer G., Tabor G., Wulff B. B., Ward E., Rairdan G. J., Broglie K. E., Wu G., van Esse H. P., Jones J. D., Brommonschenkel S. H. (2016)

A pigeonpea gene confers resistance to Asian soybean rust in soybean.

Nature Biotechnology 34 p661-5

Publisher’s version: 10.1038/nbt.3554

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Brande Wulff


For media enquiries, please contact the JIC communications team 01603 450962, jic.communications@jic.ac.uk

Media Experience:

Caution: Risk of wheat stem rust in Mediterranean basin in the forthcoming 2017 crop season following outbreaks on Sicily in 2016 - Global Rust Reference Centre (February 2017)

Putting up resistance – The Scientist (June 2014)

PhD students in India, Ethiopia and Kenya to fight wheat stripe rust – PhysOrg (January 2014)

Advance in battle against wheat pest – BBC News
 (June 2013)

نبتة تشبه القمح فيها الداء والدواء – MBC TV (September 2012)

The 2Blades SAW movie 2012 - Science, Art & Writing, Fairhaven Primary School, Norfolk (March 2012)

Salt-tolerant rice “Could aid Japan’s Tsunami farmers” – BBC News Norfolk (January 2012)

Plant scientists to explore genetics to halt spread of crop disease – Agro News (November 2011) 

Standing up to stem rust - Financial Times (November 2011)

GM Wheat “a life saver” – The Sunday Times (October 2011)

How to the feed the 7 Billion – The Sunday Times (October 2011) 


In recent news:

Research and Development - Gene-Detecting Technology Brings Resilient Super Wheat Closer to Reality

EurekAlert - Scientists advance disease resistance in 3 of world's most important crops

Crop Production magazine - New technology could bring super-wheat closer


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