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Anna Avrova

Staff picture: Anna Avrova
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Molecular Plant Pathologist
anna.avrova@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Invergowrie
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

 

Qualifications

  • MSc with Distinction (Biotechnology), St Petersburg, Russia, 1990
  • PhD (Plant Protection from pests and diseases), St Petersburg, Russia, 1994

Current research interests

I am a molecular plant pathologist leading research into characterisation of the interaction of barley with Rhynchosporium commune and resistance to rhynchosporium in barley. Sequencing of the R. commune genome and transcriptome has paved the way for identification and characterisation of pathogenicity factors, including effectors and cell wall proteins. On the barley side the research of my group involves identification of novel sources of resistance to R. commune using diverse barley germplasm, identification of the resistance genes, and development of diagnostic markers that can be exploited by breeders for the sustainable deployment of complimentary resistances in new cultivars.

Current research grant activities

  • Scottish Government Strategic Research Programme 2016-2021, Theme 2 – Productive and Sustainable Land Management and Rural Economies. Research Deliverables: Plant-pest interactions (RD2.1.3) and Integrated Pest Management (RD2.1.6).
  • 2017-2021:  AHDB Cereals and Oliseeds PhD studentship.  Barley resistance to Rhynchosporium: new sources and closely linked markers.
  • 2016-2018:  Innovate UK. Breeding for durable resistance to Rhynchosporium (DRRUM).
  • 2014-2018:  Scottish Food Security Alliance (SFSA) PhD studentship. Identification of candidates for major resistance gene Rrs13 against Rhynchosporium in barley.
  • 2013-2017:  COLCIENCIAS (Colombian Government) PhD studentship. Characterisation of candidate effector proteins from barley pathogen Rhynchosporium commune.
  • 2013-2017:  BBSRC Training Grant CSV.  The role of Rhynchosporium commune effectors in activating barley resistance.
  • 2012-2017:  BBSRC CIRC.   Fungal effectors as activators of novel resistances in cereals.
  • 2012-2015:  HGCA PhD studentship. Identification and characterisation of Rhynchosporium genes activating barley resistance.

Past research

  • April 2011-present: PI, Cell and Molecular Sciences, The James Hutton Institute- barley molecular pathologist.
  • October 2008-April 2011: PI, Plant Pathology Programme, SCRI- barley molecular pathologist.
  • 2004-2008:  Senior Post Doc, Plant Pathology Programme, SCRI - functional characterisation of appressoria and infection stage-specific proteins from Phytophtora infestans using dsRNA induced transient gene silencing.
  • 2001-2004: Post Doc, Plant-Pathogen Interactions, SCRI - molecular bases of P. infestans pathogenicity and host resistance.
  • 1998-2000: Post Doc, Fungal and Bacterial Plant Pathology Department, SCRI - bacterial pathogen of potato Pectobacterium atrosepticum and resistance to P. atrosepticum and  P. infestans in potato.
  • 1997-1998 - NATO Royal Society post-doctoral fellow, Fungal and Bacterial Plant Pathology Department, SCRI - Mechanisms of Solanum spp. resistance to P. atrosepticum and P. infestans.
  • 1996-1997:  Royal Society postdoctoral fellow, Department of Crop and Disease Management, IACR Rothamsted - tomato interaction with the symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Glomus mosseae and the pathogenic oomycete Phytophthora nocotianae var. parasitica.
  • 1994-1998: Scientific Officer, Department of Phytotoxicology, All Russia Institute of Plant Protection - biochemical characterisation of tomato - Alternaria solani interaction and in vitro selection of tomato plants for resistance to early blight.

Bibliography

  • Birch, P.R.J.; Avrova, A.O. (2009) Gene expression profiling., In: Lamour, K.H. & Kamoun, S. (eds.). Oomycete Genetics and Genomics: Diversity, Interactions and Research Tools. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, 477-492.
  • Whisson, S.C.; Grenville-Briggs, L.J.; van West, P.; Avrova, A.O. (2009) Mechanism and application of gene silencing in oomycetes., In: Lamour, K.H. & Kamoun, S. (eds.). Oomycete Genetics and Genomics: Diversity, Interactions and Research Tools. Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA, Chapter 25, 493-515.
  • Birch, P.R.J.; Avrova, A.O.; Dellagi, A.; Lacomme, C.; Santa Cruz, S.; Lyon, G.D. (2000) To die and let live: programmed cell death in plants in response to pathogen attack., In: Molecular Plant Pathology (eds. M. Dickinson and J. Beynon). Annual Plant Reviews, Sheffield Academic Press, Sheffield, Volume 4, pp175-197.

  • Newton, A.C.; Avrova, A.O.; Thirugnanasambandam, A.; Looseley, M. (2011) Asymptomatic infection - the Trojan horse of crop production., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2010, pp14-15.
  • Avrova, A.O.; Birch, P.R.J.; Hein, I.; Jones, J.T.; Pritchard, L. (2010) Functional analysis of pathogen effectors: how to go from genomics to durable resistance., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2009, 39-41.
  • Whisson, S.C.; Boevink, P.; Pritchard, L.; Avrova, A.O.; Morales, J.; Birch, P.R.J. (2006) Effector protein translocation in the Phytophthora infestans - potato infection., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2006, pp24-25.
  • Toth, I.K.; Pritchard, L.; Holeva, M.C.; Hyman, L.J.; Bell, K.S.; Whisson, S.C.; Avrova, A.O.; Birch, P.R.J. (2004) New discoveries with Erwinia genomics., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2002/2003, p101.
  • Whisson, S.C.; Avrova, A.O.; Birch, P.R.J.; Adam, M.; Blok, V.C.; Jones, J.T. (2004) Functional genomic tools for the major eukaryotic pathogens of potato., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2003/2004, pp127-128.
  • Whisson, S.C.; Avrova, A.O.; Armstrong, M.R.; Jones, J.T.; Venter, E.; Birch, P.R.J. (2004) Targeting late blight with gene discovery., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2002/2003, pp102-103.
  • Toth, I.K.; Bell, K.S.; Holeva, M.C.; Bryan, G.J.; Avrova, A.O.; Hyman, L.; Birch, P.R.J. (2002) Erwinia genomics: A new era in the battle against potato disease., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, pp25-28.
  • Whisson, S.C.; Avrova, A.O.; Armstrong, M.R.; Campbell, E.; Birch, P.R.J. (2002) Late blight of potato: Pathogen genomics approaches to a continuing problem., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, pp29-32.

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