Dr Brande Wulff
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.
New MutChromSeq technique makes valuable genes easier to findread more
New gene-detecting technology developed at the John Innes Centre brings new, resilient super wheat closer.read more
Genome biology 17 p221
Publisher’s version: 10.1186/s13059-016-1082-1
Nature Biotechnology 34 p652-655
Publisher’s version: 10.1038/nbt.3543
Nature Biotechnology 34 p661-5
Publisher’s version: 10.1038/nbt.3554
New Phytologist 208 p13-9
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/nph.13532
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Putting up resistance – The Scientist (June 2014) Media Experience:
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
Crop Production magazine - New technology could bring super-wheat closer