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Working at the interface of microbial evolution, pathogen genomics and plant microbe interactions, the overarching goal of our work is to understand how plant pathogens emerge and evolve

Pathogen emergence

Within host evolution

Host microbe interactions

Population genomics of

bacterial plant pathogens

Straub et al. (2021) Phytopathology


Population genomics is transforming our understanding of pathogen biology and evolution, and contributing to the prevention and management of disease in diverse crops. 


Dr. Markéta Vlková joins the team 

Marketa obtained her doctorate at Massey University (NZ) and will investigate mechanisms of host adaptation in Pseudomonas syringae

Dr. Rekha Gopalan-Nair joins the team

Rekha was previously employed as a postdoctoral researcher at INRAe (Toulouse, France). Rekha will investigate Ralstonia interbacterial interactions and within-host evolution.

Andrea Sajuthi and Daria Evseeva in focus

Doctoral researchers Andrea and Daria are pictured demonstrating plant tissue sampling for a film crew visiting the institute.


We gratefully acknowledge current and past support for our work from funding organizations that support fundamental research with real-world impact

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