Dr Charlotte Nellist

Theme Leader, Durable Disease Resistance
Department:Genetics, Genomics & Breeding
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Research Interests

My research interests principally revolve around investigating and deploying durable disease resistance into economically important crops.  Underpinning this is the desire to understand the interaction between plants and pathogens.  By using this information to study the mechanisms of resistance, it will advance our scientific knowledge to improve crop production in a sustainable way.

Current projects include improving disease resistance in strawberry to two economically important Phytophthora pathogens; P. cactorum (strawberry crown rot) and P. fragariae (strawberry red core) and exploring the nature of resistance to Neonectria ditissima (apple canker) in apple species.  Previous research includes studying the deployment and mechanism of broad-spectrum resistance to Turnip mosaic virus in Brassica rapa, Chinese cabbage (PhD at the University of Warwick).

Selected Publications

  • NELLIST CF, Qian W, Jenner CE, Moore JD, Zhang S, Wang X, Briggs WH, Barker GC, Sun R,Walsh JA.. (2014). Multiple copies of eukaryotic translation initiation factors in Brassica rapa facilitate redundancy, enabling diversification through variation in splicing and broad-spectrum virus resistance. Plant J. 77. 261-268.
  • Jenner CE, NELLIST CF, Barker GC, Walsh JA.. (2010). Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) is able to use alleles of both eIF4E and eIF(iso)4E from multiple loci of the diploid Brassica rapa. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 23. 1498-505.

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