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
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Contribution of the drought tolerance-related Stress-responsive NAC 1 transcription factor to resistance of barley to Ramularia leaf spot
Molecular Plant Pathology
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/mpp.12173
Molecular Plant Pathology 15 (3) p304-14
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/mpp.12093
A trade off between mlo resistance to powdery mildew and increased susceptibility of barley to a newly important disease, Ramularia leaf spot.
Journal of Experimental Botany 65 (4) p1025-37
Publisher’s version: 10.1093/jxb/ert452
Plant Pathology 62 (Suppl. 1) p1-1
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/ppa.12124
Plant Pathology 62 p 8395.
Publisher’s version: 10.1111/ppa.12163
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