Dundee Effector Consortium
What are effectors?
Why study effectors?
- Understanding the roles and functions of effectors, as the main molecular tools of infection, is central to our understanding of the mechanisms governing disease and disease resistance.
- To meet the urgent challenges of food security and sustainable food production, the pressures of increasing world populations and energy requirements in response to changing global climates, we have formed a unique consortium of scientists at The James Hutton Institute and University of Dundee.
The consortium studies the functions and evolution of effectors from diverse pathosystems, their targets within host plants, and the roles those targets play in plant immunity. A key aim is to exploit our knowledge of effector function and diversity to seek resistance genes that provide durable disease resistance.
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