PhD Interaction between plant-parasitic nematodes and their host plants, University of Leeds

The project will look primarily at the role that effectors have in establishing the pathogenic interaction. It is becoming clear, from our own work and that of others, that the region outside plant cells, called the apoplast, is an important site of action for some nematode effectors. However, the signalling pathways triggered by apoplastic effectors, which lead to a series of molecular, biochemical and morphological changes in root cells, are largely uncharacterised. Similarly the apoplastic plant molecules important in plant nematode interactions are poorly understood.