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Prof Mark Banfield

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Plant and Microbe Interactions

Biological Chemistry

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Mark’s research focuses on plant/pathogen interactions at the molecular and cellular level.

Mark explores the structure and function of intracellular disease resistance proteins (NLRs) – plant receptors which detect non-self molecules released by pathogens on infection.

He also investigates how host-translocated pathogen effector proteins function to promote disease. Understanding the genetic and structural changes involved in plant/pathogen interactions informs novel approaches to the challenge of breeding disease resistance in crops such as potato and rice.

  • Intracellular plant receptors (NLRs) for disease resistance, including engineering
  • How host-translocated pathogen proteins (effectors) promote disease
  • Understanding the protein interactions between plants and pathogens

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