Prof James Brown
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.
ContactTel: 01603 450615
John Innes Centre scientists solve 60 year old Septoria mysteryread more
Link between drought tolerance and resistance to leaf spot resistance identifiedread more
Early molecular signatures of responses of wheat to Zymoseptoria tritici in compatible and incompatible interactions
Plant Pathology - p-
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/ppa.12633
Molecular plant pathology 18 p276-292
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/mpp.12482
Increased yield stability of field-grown winter barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) varietal mixtures through ecological processes
Crop Protection 85 p1-8
Publisher’s version: doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2016.03.001
Reduction of Growth and Reproduction of the Biotrophic Fungus Blumeria graminis in the Presence of a Necrotrophic Pathogen.
Frontiers in Plant Science Biotrophic plant-microbe interactions pdoi-10.3389/fpls.2016.00742
Publisher’s version: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00742
Molecular markers for tracking the origin and worldwide distribution of invasive strains of Puccinia striiformis
Ecology and Evolution 6 p27902804
Publisher’s version: 10.1002/ece3.2069
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- Rachel Burns Lab Attendant
- Raghvendra Sharma Postgraduate Student
- Corinne Arnold Postgraduate Student
- Dr Elizabeth Orton Postgraduate Student
- Dr Laetitia Chartrain Research Assistant
- Dr Anuradha Bansal Postgraduate Student
- Flandin Guillaume MSc Student
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