The labs of Corinna Dawid and Ralph Hückelhoven joined forces to study the function of wound-induced volatiles in plant to plant signalling.

Adriana Trutzenberg developed a RAC/ROP activity assay and shows that GEF14 is an activator of RACB in barley susceptibility to powdery mildew. BEST STUDENT PAPER in Mol. Plant Pathol.

Martin Stegmann and his team found golven peptides to modulate immune receptor abundance and signalling. EMBO Rep.

Lukas Weiß proved in vitro and in vivo posttranslational modifications of the ROP GTPase RACB. Thanks to the Küster and Kumlehn labs for great support. PLOS one:

Congratulations to Remco Stam, who is leaving us by april 2022 to join University of Kiel as a full Professor for Phytopathology.

Congratulations to Steffi Ranf, who is leaving us by february 2022 to join University of Fribourg as a full Professor for Plant Sciences. Good part of her group stays to continue the successful work on MAMP triggered immunity.

Congratulations to Felix Hoheneder for his first first author peer-reviewed paper on the effect of host genotypes and drought on Ramularia leaf spot of barley [more]

Parvinderdeep Kahlon managed to connect pathogen recognition specifities with geographical origin of wild tomatoes [more]

The receptor-like kinase MIK2 apparently functions as a Fusarium elicitor receptor [more]

Ralph Hückelhoven published a new Humboldt review on plant immunity with Isabel Saur from MPI Cologne.


New Review on ROP signalling!

Three new preprints in one week!!! bioRxiv 121491; bioRxiv 122960, bioRxiv 121228.

Martin Stegmann, a former postdoc in the Zipfel lab at Norwich, continued here at TUM working on structure-function analysis of the FERONIA-LLG1/2-RALF23 receptor complex in Arabidopsis immune signaling.  Data support an unexpected mechanisms of how plants bind RALF ligand peptides for regulating growth and immunity. For more details, read the original article published in NATURE.

Plants sense bacterial metabolite for triggering immunity (more)

New comment on how the receptor kinase FERONIA promotes translational and transcriptional programs via EBP1 (more).

New paper on neofunctionalized retrotransposon from Blumeria graminis. Junk DNA revival! (more)

Barley alcohol dehydrogenase 1 helps powdery mildew and limits pattern-triggered systemic immunity (more).

NADPH oxidases are believed to function plant immunity to biotrophic pathogens. Now, we show that a barley NADPH oxidse has a leaf-age dependent function in either resistance or susceptibility to powdery mildew (more).