Special Seminor – Prof. Cyril Zipfel (The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK)

Special Seminor

Receptor kinase-mediated immunity: from the plasma membrane to the field

Prof. Cyril Zipfel
(The Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK)

June 02 (Friday), 2017
16:00 – 17:30

Room W506, Faculty of Agriculture Main Bldg.
(North Campus, Kyoto University)
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Cell surface receptor kinases are essential to perceive extracellular stimuli and to modulate cellular outputs during growth and development, as well as in response to environmental challenges. In plants, cell surface-localised pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) involved in ‘non-self’ innate immune perception are receptor kinases, or are part of heteromeric receptor kinase complexes. In my presentation, I will present our recent work that shed light on the molecular mechanisms that control the formation and activation of plant PRR complexes leading to downstream cell-autonomous immune responses. In addition, I will illustrate how the use of plant PRRs represents a promising biotechnological tool to engineer broad-spectrum and potentially durable disease resistance in crops.