Microbial effectors: Master Manipulators of the Plant World
Plant-associated microorganisms alter the growth and development of their hosts in diverse ways. My research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms by which microbial effectors modulate host phenotype during both pathogenic and mutualistic host-microbe interactions. In this seminar, I will discuss novel screens employed to identify effector proteins of a bacterial plant pathogen (phytoplasma) and a fungal endosymbiont of roots (arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi) that act to modify host phenotype, leading to the discovery of novel microbial proteins that act to reprogram the host transcriptome. This research significantly advances current understanding of plant-microbe interactions, offering unprecedented insight into the mechanisms by which plant-associated microbes groom susceptible plants to promote colonization.
11:30-12:30 BioSci Rm. 3110 *** And Free Pizza Meet & Greet after 12:30-1:30 in BioSci 3rd floor lunch room (Rm 3406)