Dr Christine Faulkner

Project Leader
Crop Genetics

Research in the Faulkner lab focuses on how cell-to-cell communication regulates plant responses to an attack from a pathogen.

The lab uses cell and molecular biology approaches to specifically investigate how the intercellular channels that connect neighbouring cells, called plasmodesmata, open and close to control the exchange of materials between cells during immune responses.

The lab focuses on the following questions:

  • How do plasmodesmata open and close?
  • Why do cells communicate during defence?
  • Do pathogens try to control plasmodesmata?

Viral probe gives ringside view of cell-to-cell combat

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Dr Christine Faulkner awarded Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council

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Five new Project Leaders join the John Innes Centre

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Recent Publications

Rosas-Diaz T., Zhang D., Fan P., Wang L., Ding X., Jiang Y., Jimenez-Gongora T., Medina-Puche L., Zhao X., Feng Z., Zhang G., Liu X., Bejarano E. R., Tan L., Zhang H., Zhu J. K., Xing W., Faulkner C., Nagawa S., Lozano-Duran R. (2018)

A virus-targeted plant receptor-like kinase promotes cell-to-cell spread of RNAi.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

Publisher’s version: 10.1073/pnas.1715556115

Cheval C., Faulkner C. (2017)

Plasmodesmal regulation during plant–pathogen interactions

New Phytologist Volume 2017, issue 1 ppages 62-67

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/nph.14857

Christine F., Zhou J., Evrard A., Bourdais G., MacLean D., Häweker H., Eckes P., Robatzek S. (2017)

An automated quantitative image analysis tool for the identification of microtubule patterns in plants.

Traffic (Copenhagen, Denmark) 11 p109-117

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/tra.12505

Xu B., Cheval C., Laohavisit A., Hocking B., Chiasson D., Olsson T. S. G., Shirasu K., Faulkner C., Gilliham M. (2017)

A calmodulin-like protein regulates plasmodesmal closure during bacterial immune responses.

New Phytologist tbd ptbd

Publisher’s version: 10.1111/nph.14599

Faulkner C., Bayer E. M. (2016)

Isolation of Plasmodesmata.

Publisher’s version: 10.1007/978-1-4939-6533-5_15

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Christine Faulkner

  • Cecilia Marie Michel Cheval Postdoctoral Scientist
  • Dr Diana Papp Postdoctoral Scientist


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