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Dr Jason Rudd

Molecular Plant Pathologist

Protecting Crops and the Environment

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ
+44 (0) 1582 938 187
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Jason is a molecular plant pathologist with expertise in biochemical, molecular and genome analysis of plants and fungi. He is currently a project leader in the wheat pathogenomics team studying Zymoseptoria tritici. Previously, he researched both the mechanisms preventing self-fertilisation in flowering plants and the responses of plant cells to recognition of fungal elicitors. His interests lie in defining the molecular components that underpin fungal pathogen virulence and plant defence responses in cereal crops. His research retains a particular emphasis on the regulation and mechanisms of cell-cell communication. It focuses on using genomics approaches to identify and characterise Z. tritici secreted protein effector candidates, and to dissect the key molecular components of fungal virulence using fungal genome re-sequencing and high throughput mutagenesis approaches. These methods, combined with transformation technologies for validating gene functions, are revealing many new aspects of fungal virulence and of novel genes essential for key developmental responses essential for causing plant disease.

Strategic Programme

  • Designing Future Wheat (DFW)


  • 1997- PhD Plant Science, Birmingham University, UK
  • 1992- BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, Swansea University, UK

Measures of Esteem

  • 2016 - 9th International Symposium for Septoria and Stagonospora diseases of cereals, Paris, France. Trying very hard to find novel genes important for the pathogenic lifestyle of Zymoseptoria tritici
  • 2016 – Invited Seminar: ETH Zurich, Dep. of Environmental Systems Science Seminar. Functional genomics approaches to unravel the Zymoseptoria tritici- wheat host-pathogen interaction
  • 2016 – Invited Seminar: University of Exeter, Biosciences Dept Seminar. Functional genomics approaches to unravel the Zymoseptoria tritici- wheat host-pathogen interaction
  • 2015 - Invited Seminar: Field Crops Central Research Institute, Biotechnology Research Centre Azehit Cem Ersever Cad. No: 9-11 Yenimahalle/Ankara/Turkey
  • 2016 - Organising Committee for Wheat Pests and Disease NSF funded meeting to be held in Nov 2016
  • Present -Member of the Expert Working Group of the Global Wheat Initiative on Biotic stress