Research Theme within School of Biosciences: Molecular and Cell Biology
Infection Processes of Fungal Plant Pathogens; Fungal Cell Surfaces
Interests in the infection processes of necrotrophic fungal plant pathogens (the wheat pathogens Stagonospora nodorum and Septoria tritici) and hemibiotrophic pathogens (Colletotrichum species, in particular the bean anthracnose pathogen C. lindemuthianum). Genes and proteins expressed during infection have been identified using monoclonal antibodies, microarrays and proteomics. Also interested in the components that make up fungal cell surfaces, including cell wall glycoproteins, adhesive components and the specialised interfaces that form between biotrophic infection structures and the host plant. The aim has been to characterise key molecules and determine their functions using molecular and cell biology techniques.