Creation of essential technologies to utilize carbon dioxide as a resource through the enhancement of plant productivity and the exploitation of plant products

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Yusuke Saijo (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Biological Sciences, Nara Institute of Science and Technology)

Deciphering cell-surface pattern receptor networks in plant immunity for breeding sustainable disease resistance

 Recognition of molecular patterns characterisitic of microbes or alterred-self via cell-surface pattern receptors leads to immune activation in plants. Different pattern receptor pathways are functionally interconnected, thereby providing an important basis for the robustness and fine control of plant immunity.My specific research goals involve to decipher the molecular mechanisms underlying such networks of pattern receptors, and thus to develop novel approaches for breeding of sustainable disease resistance that is compartible with plant growth and yield.



Nico Tintor, Yusuke Saijo, ER-mediated control for abundance, quality, and signaling of transmembrane immune receptors in plants, Front. Plant Sci., vol. 5, 65 (2014)

Annegret Ross, Kohji Yamada, Kei Hiruma, Misuzu Yamashita-Yamada, Xunli Lu, Yoshitaka Takano, Kenichi Tsuda, Yusuke Saijo, The Arabidopsis PEPR pathway couples local and systemic plant immunity, EMBO J., published online December 16, 2013, doi: 10.1002/embj.20128430