Research areas

Plant symbiosis, biological nitrogen fixation, plant-pathogen and plant-pest interactions

The Plant Health ISP brings together leading investigators from two institutes: the John Innes Centre and The Sainsbury Laboratory.

Our research is organised into four themes: Recognition, Response, Susceptibility and Evolution.

  • Response

    Taking a systems approach to focus on mechanisms for intracellular signal transductions during plant-microbe/pest interactions and cell to cell communication

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  • Susceptibility

    Investigating the molecules that are targeted by effectors and use this knowledge to manipulate the balance between defence response and yield and responses to harmful verses beneficial organisms

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  • Evolution

    Studying the evolution of effectors, the adaptation of populations to fungal pathogens, and the dynamics of microbial communities associated with plants

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