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Plant Disease Resistance

Our Research

Since 2016, Professor Murray Grant has been Elizabeth Creak Chair in Food Security at the University of Warwick.

Prof. Grant's group focuses on plant-microbe interactions, particularly host responses to pathogenic bacteria. Additionally, Murray's group studies the mechanisms underpinning biocontrol and applies various “omics” techniques (including transcriptomics and untargeted metabolomics) to study disease and disease resistance in essential plant species such as ash, enset and banana.

Please find out more about the specific projects here, and the researchers behind them on our group members page.

Research News

Murray presents at the Plant Health Week webinar for the Bacterial Plant Diseases Programme

On 25th March, our PhD students Nestoras and Laura attended the MIBTP symposiumLink opens in a new window, at Harper Adams University

Murray has been re-elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Find out more here.

Link opens in a new winLaura, our PhD student, wrote an article entitled “Barley and lesion mimic mutants” on this month's issue of Biological Sciences Review.

PhD Student, Jamie Pike, takes part in Botanical University Challenge (BUC).

Research Fellow Shannon and PhD student Sadik visit collaborators in Hawassa, Ethiopia.

Recent Publications

  • Plant and prokaryotic TIR domains generate distinct cyclic ADPR NADase products. Bayless et al., 2023.
  • Broader functions of TIR domains in Arabidopsis immunity. Jacob et al., 2023
  • A tell tail sign: A conserved C-terminal tail-anchor domain targets a subset of pathogen effectors to the plant endoplasmic reticulum. Breeze et al., 2023
  • Phylogenomic Analysis Supports the Transfer of 20 Pathovars from Xanthomonas campestris into Xanthomonas euvesicatoria. Harrison et al., 2023.
  • Draft genome sequences for ten strains of Xanthomonas species that have phylogenomic importance. Harrison et al., 2023.

Group Members

Meet our members on the group page here.


Feel free to contact Murray about potential student projects and collaborations. 

Phone: 024 765 75136

Twitter: @Muzzaphytopath