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Miles Armstrong

Staff picture: Miles Armstrong
University of Dundee Division of Plant Sciences
Cell and Molecular Sciences
Molecular Geneticist
miles.armstrong@hutton.ac.uk
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Invergowrie
Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK

 

Current research interests

  • Identification and cloning avirulence determinants from Phytophthora infestans.
  • Investigation of the molecular basis of pathogenicity in P. infestans by finding the plant protein targets of effector proteins.

Past research

  • Construction of genetic linkage map in Vicia faba.
  • Finding RAPD markers associated with GRV resistance.
  • Using mtDNA in population genetic studies of potato cyst nematodes.
  • Assessing the plant transcriptional response to nematode infection using SSH.

Bibliography

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blok, V.C.; Armstrong, M.R.; Banks, B.; Birch, P.R.J.; Bryan, G.J.; Castelli, L.; Jones, J.T.; Kumar, A.; Phillips, M.S.; Purvis, A.; Ramsay, G.; Waugh, R.; Wishart, J. (2002) Investigating gene expression in nematode-infected roots., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 2001/2002, pp122-124.
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Blok, V.C.; Phillips, M.S.; Trudgill, D.L. (1999) The novel mitochondrial genome architecture of the potato cyst nematode Globodera pallida.., Annual Report of the Scottish Crop Research Institute for 1998/99, pp150-152.

  • Turnbull, D.; Breen, S.A.; Naqvi, S.; Armstrong, M.R.; Engelhardt, S.; Brunner, F.; Birch, P.R.J.; Gilroy, E.M. (2014) Phytophthora infestans effector PiAVR2 targets StBSL1 to activate the Brassinosteriod pathway., XVI International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 2014, Rhodes, Greece, 6-10 July 2014.
  • Boevink, P.; Wang, X.; McLellan, H.; Armstrong, M.; Bukharova, T.; Birch, P.R.J. (2014) Targeting of PP1c isoforms by an RXLR effector., Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network Meeting, Norwich, July 2014.
  • Turnbull, D.; Breen, S.A.; Naqvi, S.; Yang, L.; Murphy, F.S.; Armstrong, M.R.; Engelhardt, S.; Welsh, L.; Hein, I.; Zhan, J.; Birch, P.R.J.; Gilroy, E.M. (2014) Pumped up on (brassino) steroids: multiple Phytophthora infestans effectors manipulate the Brassinosteroid pathway in potato., FESPB/EPSO 2014 Congress, The Convention Centre, Dublin, 22-26 June 2014.
  • Breen, S.; Gilroy, E.M.; Armstrong, M.R.; Morales, J.G.; Hein, I.; Douglas, E.; Boevink, P.; McLellan, H.; Randall, E.; Tian, Z.D.; Avrova, A.O.; Pritchard, L.; Lokossou, A.A.; Govers, F.; van der Vossen, E.A.G.; Vleeshouwers, V.G.A.A.; Brunner, F.; Whisson, S.C.; Birch, P.R.J. (2010) Avr2, an RXLR effector from Phytophthora infestans., Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network Congress, Toulouse, France, 6-8 June 2010.
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Boevink, P.; Bukharova, T.; McLellan, H.; Ramos, M.; Gilroy, E.M.; Pritchard, L.; Whisson, S.C.; Beynon, J.; Birch, P.R.J. (2010) Identifying candidate host 'targets' of Phytophthora infestans translocated RXLR proteins., Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network Congress, Toulouse, France, 6-8 June 2010.
  • Engelhardt, S.; Armstrong, M.R.; Boevink, P.; Ramos, M.; Gilroy, E.M.; Birch, P.R.J. (2010) R3a-mediated recognition of AVR3a: Cell biological and biochemical characterisation., Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network Congress, Toulouse, France, 6-8 June 2010.
  • Gilroy, E.M.; Hein, I.; McLellan, H.; Breen, S.; Engelhardt, S.; Tian, Z.D.; Seman, Z.A.; Pritchard, L.; Armstrong, M.R.; Randall, E.; Avrova, A.O.; Cooke, D.E.L.; Lees, A.K.; Vleeshouwers, V.G.A.A.; van West, P.; Whisson, S.C.; Birch, P.R.J. (2010) Using knowledge of RXLR effectors to seek durable resistance., Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network Congress, Toulouse, France, 6-8 June 2010.
  • Gilroy, E.M.; Breen, S.; Hein, I.; Tian, Z.D.; Armstrong, M.R.; Douglas, E.; Lokossou, A.A.; Boevink, P.; McLellan, H.; Randall, E.; Morales, J.G.; Avrova, A.O.; Pritchard, L.; van der Vossen, E.A.G.; Whisson, S.C.; Birch, P.R.J. (2009) Amino acid polymorphisms upstream of the RXLR motif in Phytophthora infestans effector Avr2 condition R gene recognition., The Fungal Cell, British Mycological Society Meeting, Westpark Conference Centre, Dundee, 1-4 September 2009.
  • Gilroy, E.M.; Armstrong, M.R.; Bos, J.; Taylor, R.; Morales, J.; Hein, I.; Douglas, E.; Boevink, P.; Avrova, A.O.; Breen, S.; van West, P.; Pritchard, L.; Whisson, S.C.; Sadanandom, A.; Kamoun, S.; Birch, P.R.J. (2009) Functional analysis of Phytophthora infestans RXLR effectors Avr2 and Avr3a., Fungal Genetics Conference, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California, USA, 17-22 March 2009.
  • Birch, P.R.J.; Armstrong, M.R.; Gilroy, E.M.; Bos, J.; Taylor, R.M.; Morales, J.G.; Hein, I.; Douglas, E.; Boevink, P.; Breen, S.; Pritchard, L.; Whisson, S.C.; Sadanandom, A.; Kamoun, S. (2009) Localisation and function of Phytophthora infestans RXLR effectors and their host targets., XIV MPMI Conference, Montreal, Canada, 19-23 July 2009.
  • Boevink, P.; Ramos, M.; Armstrong, M.R.; Allen, R.; Gilroy, E.M.; Donovan, S.; Rehmany, A.; Beynon, J.; Birch, P.R.J. (2009) Evolutionarily distinct RXLR effectors from distantly related oomycetes target the plant exocyst., 14th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Quebec, Canada, 19-23 July 2009.
  • Whisson, S.C.; Boevink, P.; Moleleki, L.N.; Avrova, A.O.; Morales, J.G.; Gilroy, E.M.; Armstrong, M.R.; Toth, I.K.; Pritchard, L.; Birch, P.R.J. (2007) A translocation signal for delivery of oomycete effector proteins into host plant cells., XIII International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Sorrento, Italy, 22-26 July 2007.
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Gilroy, E.M.; Birch, P.R.J. (2006) Gene signalling in the Phytophthora infestans-potato interaction., Oomycete Molecular Genetics Network, Wageningen, 4-7 May 2006.
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Whisson, S.C.; Birch, P.R.J. (2002) Cloning of avirulence genes from Phytophthora infestans., Molecular Biology of Fungal Pathogens XIII, Gregynog, Wales, 17-19 July 2002.
  • Blok, V.C.; Neilson, R.; Armstrong, M.R.; Castelli, L.; Trudgill, D.L.; Phillips, M.S. (2001) Host selection for parasite phenotypes and genotypes., British Society for Parasitology, Spring Meeting, University of Keele, 17-20 April 2001.

  • Mantelin, S; Nguyen Thi, H.; Ho-Bich, H.; Armstrong, M.; Xiong, L.; Jones, J.T.; Hein, I.; Bellafiore, S. (2019) Towards the characterisation of a novel resistance gene to control the rice root-knot nematode., XVIIIth International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Glasgow, Scotland, 14-18 July 2019. (Poster)
  • Sudermann, M.; Armstrong, M.; Lim, J.T.Y.; Hein, I.; Smart, C.D. (2018) Effector diversity within the US-23 clonal lineage of Phytophthora infestans., Phytopathology, 108, S1.208. Abstract.
  • Boevink, P.; Bukharova, T.; McLellan, H.; Armstrong, M.R.; Gilroy, E.M.; Birch, P.R.J. (2010) Imaging plant-pathogen interactions: Phytophthora infestans RXLR effector localisation in planta., 9th International Mycological Congress,The Biology of Fungi, Edinburgh, 1-6 August 2010 (Poster).
  • Hein, I.; Whisson, S.C.; Armstrong, M.; Gilroy, E.M.; Avrova, A.O.; Tian, Z.; Chapman, S.N.; Birch, P.R.J.; Bryan, G.J. (2010) Identifying key Phytophthora infestans effectors as targets for more durable late blight resistance., 7th Solanaceae Conference 2010, Dundee, 5-9 September 2010, 155 (Poster).
  • Gilroy, E.M.; Breen, S.; Morales, J.G.; Lokossou, A.A.; Ramos, B.; Armstrong, M.R.; Hein, I.; Boevink, P.; Pritchard, L.; van der Vossen, E.A.G.; Vleeshouwers, V.G.A.A.; Whisson, S.C.; Birch, P.R.J. (2009) Cloning and functional analysis of Phytophthora infestans RXLR effector, Avr2., 22nd New Phytologist Symposium on Effectors in Plant-Microbe Interactions, INRA Versailles Research Centre, Paris, France, 13-16 September 2009 (Poster).
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Whisson, S.C.; Birch, P.R.J. (2007) Yeast 2 hybrid screening as a method for the identification of plant targets of oomycete effector protein Avr3a., BSPP Presential Meeting, University of Bath, 12-14 September 2007 (Poster).
  • Morales, J.; Whisson, S.C.; Avrova, A.O.; Armstrong, M.R.; Kamoun, S.; Birch, P.R.J. (2007) Screening potato genotypes for responses to RXLR class effector genes from Phytophthora infestans., 13th International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Sorrento, Italy, 21-26 July 2007 (Poster).
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Whisson, S.C.; Pritchard, L.; Bos, J.I.B.; Venter, E.; Avrova, A.O.; Rehmany, A.P.; Huang, S.; Kamoun, S.; Beynon, J.; Birch, P.R.J. (2005) An ancestral oomycete locus contains late blight avirulence gene Avr3a, encoding a protein that is recognised in the host cell cytoplasm., Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions Conference, Merida, Mexico, 14-19 December 2005 (Poster).
  • Avrova, A.O.; Whisson, S.C.; Young, V.; Armstrong, M.R.; Grenville, L.J.; van West, P.; Birch, P.R.J. (2004) Functional analysis of Phytophthora infestans genes., Molecular Biology of Fungal Pathogens XV, Gregynog, Wales, 17-19 July 2004, 10 (Poster).
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Avrova, A.O.; Whisson, S.C.; Birch, P.R.J. (2003) Cloning avirulence genes from Phytophthora infestans., XXII Fungal Gnetics Conference, Pacific Grove, California, 18-23 March 2003 (Poster).
  • Whisson, S.C.; Armstrong, M.R.; Avrova, A.O.; Birch, P.R.J. (2003) Physical mapping and positional cloning of avirulence genes in Phytophthora infestans., 8th International Congress of Plant Pathology, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2-7 February 2003 (Poster).
  • Whisson, S.C.; Armstrong, M.R.; Kamoun, S.; Rehmany, A.; Beynon, J.; Avrova, A.O.; Birch, P.R.J. (2003) A candidate AVr3 gene from Phytophthora infestans., BSPP Presidential Meeting, University of Nottingham, 15-18 December 2003 (Poster).
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Avrova, A.O.; Whisson, S.C.; Birch, P.R.J. (2003) Cloning of avirulence genes from Phytophthora infestans., 11th International Congress on Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions, St. Petersburg, Russia, 18-26 July 2003 (Poster).
  • Blok, V.C.; Armstrong, M.R.; Phillips, M.S.; Paterson, A.; Young, V.; Avrova, A.O.; Birch, P.R.J. (2003) Expression of a WRKY-like transcription factor in potato roots in response to infection by potato cyst nematodes (PCN)., BSPP Presidential Meeting 2003 - Plant-Pathogen Genomics - from Sequence to Application, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, 15-18 December 2003, 43 (Abstract).
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Banks, B.; Birch, P.R.J.; Jones, J.T.; Phillips, M.S.; Wishart, J.; Blok, V.C. (2001) Comparisons of incompatible and compatible plant-parasitic nematode/host interactions., MPMI '01 Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, 10-14 July 2001 (Abstract).
  • Blok, V.C.; Armstrong, M.R.; Neilson, R.; Castelli, L.; Trudgill, D.L.; Phillips, M.S. (2001) Diversity within Globodera pallida: molecular and biological., Proceedings of the Third International Russian Society of Nematologists Meeting, Moscow State University, Moscow, July 2001 (Abstract).
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Banks, B.; Birch, P.R.J.; Jones, J.T.; Phillips, M.S.; Wishart, J.; Blok, V.C. (2000) Interactions between host roots and plant-parasitic nematodes., British Society of Plant Pathology Presidential Meeting, Wye, Kent, 18-20 December 2000. (Abstract).
  • Blok, V.C.; Phillips, M.S.; Armstrong, M.R.; Jones, J.T.; Trudgill, D.L. (2000) Prospects for managing Globodera pallida., 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Nematologists, Quebec, Canada, 24-28 June 2000 (Abstract).
  • Armstrong, M.R.; Blok, V.C.; Phillips, M.S.; Trudgill, D.L. (2000) Biological and molecular variation in potato cyst nematode (Globodera pallida)., XXXII Annual Meeting of the Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America, Alabama, USA, 46-47 (Abstract).
  • Trudgill, D.L.; Armstrong, M.R.; Blok, V.C.; Phillips, M.S. (1999) Molecular and biological variation in introduced and indigenous white potato cyst nematode (Globodera pallida)., British Ecological Society, University of Leeds, 56 (Abstract).

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