Dr Charlotte Nellist

Group Leader, Durable Disease Resistance
Department:Genetics, Genomics & Breeding
DD:01732 523736
Fax:+44 (0)1732 849067

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.

I hold a BSc in Bioscience (University of Leeds), an MSc in Plant Bioscience for Crop Production (University of Warwick) and a PhD studying the deployment and mechanism of broad-spectrum resistance to Turnip mosaic virus in Brassica rapa, Chinese cabbage (University of Warwick).

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-7453-3710



Staff Recent Research Projects

2019-2020 – Deployment of durable, broad-spectrum resistance to Turnip mosaic virus into Brassica oleracea in sub-Saharan Africa (BBSRC/CONNECTED) – PI
2018-2022 – Investigating durable resistance to Phytophthora cactorum in strawberry and apple (BBSRC/CTP) – Principle Supervisor of PhD Student Matteo Luberti
2017-2021 – The nature of resistance to Neonectria ditissima in apple species (BBSRC) – Researcher Co-I
2015-2019 – Characterising Phytophthora fragariae, the causative agent of strawberry red core disease (University of Reading) – Co-supervisor of PhD Student Thomas Adams
2014-2018 – IDRIS – Improving Disease Resistance In Strawberry (BBSRC) – Researcher

Selected Publications

  • NELLIST C.F., Vickerstaff R.J., Sobczyk M.K., Marina-Montes C., Wilson F.M., Simpson D.W., Whitehouse A.B. and Harrison R.J. (2019). Quantitative trait loci controlling Phytophthora cactorum resistance in the cultivated octoploid strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa). Horticulture Research. Volume: 6(60), 1-14. DOI: 10. 1038/S41438-019-0136-4.
  • NELLIST C.F. (2018). Disease resistance in polyploid strawberry, in: Hytönen T., Graham J. and Harrison R.J. (Editors), The genomes of Rosaceous berries and their wild relatives Springer. 79-94, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-76020-9.
  • Armitage A.D., Lysoe E., NELLIST C.F., Lewis L.A., Cano L.M., Harrison R.J. and Brurberg M.B. (2018). Bioinformatic characterisation of the effector repertoire of the strawberry pathogen Phytophthora cactorum PLOS ONE, 13(10). e0202305. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0202305.
  • NELLIST C.F., Qian W., Jenner C.E., Moore J.D., Zhang S., Wang X., Briggs W.H., Barker G.C., Sun R., Walsh J.A. (2014). Multiple copies of eukaryotic translation initiation factors in Brassica rapa facilitate redundancy, enabling diversification through variation in splicing and broad-spectrum virus resistance. The Plant Journal, 77(2). 261-268. DOI: 10.1111/tpj.12389.
  • Jenner C.E., NELLIST C.F., Barker G.C., Walsh J.A.. (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. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions, 23(11),. 1498-505. DOI: 10.1094/MPMI-05-10-0104.