Elizabeth studies how rust diseases of cereals, including wheat and barley, are spread.
Rust can be spread by both asexual urediniospores and by sexually produced aeciospores. The sexual stage involves an alternate host, Berberis vulgaris or common barberry, and it is this interaction that Elizabeth’s research focuses on.
Elizabeth investigates what role barberry has on stem rust populations in the UK and brings together many aspects of plant pathology including molecular biology, field sampling, microscopy and photography, and population genetics.
Orton E., Brown J. K. M., Rudd J. J. (2016)Early molecular signatures of responses of wheat to Zymoseptoria tritici in compatible and incompatible interactionsPlant Pathology (-)Publisher's version: 0032-0862
Orton E., Brasier C., Bilham L., Bansal A., Webber J., Brown J. (2018)Population structure of the ash dieback pathogen, Hymenoscyphus fraxineus, in relation to its mode of arrival in the UK.Plant Pathology (67)Publisher's version: 0032-0862
Orton E., Brown J. (2016)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)Publisher's version: Not known