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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

BBSRC David Phillips Fellow

Head of Group, Plant-Parasite Interactions, Department of Plant Sciences

Subject groups/Research projects

Plant Biology and Food Security:

Departments and Institutes

Department of Plant Sciences:

Research Interests

We work in areas of Food Security and Plant Pathology. We are trying to understand how plant pathogens and parasites are so successful, despite our efforts to control them. We are particularly interested in plant-parasitic nematodes for their remarkable ability to cause existing plant cells to re-differentiate into a novel tissue.

Key Publications

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§  C. J. Lilley, A. Maqbool, D. Wu, H. B. Yusup, L. M. Jones, P. R. J. Birch, M. J. Banfield, P. E. Urwin, and S. Eves-van den Akker. (2018). Effector gene birth in plant parasitic nematodes: neofunctionalization of a housekeeping glutathione synthetase gene. PLOS Genetics – in press.

§  S. Eves-van den Akker* and P. R. J. Birch (2016). Opening the effector protein toolbox for plant-parasitic cyst-nematode interactions. Molecular Plant. DOI: 10.1016/j.molp.2016.09.008.

§  S. Eves-van den Akker* and D.R. Laetsch, P. Thorpe, C. J. Lilley, E. G. J. Danchin, M. Da Rocha, C. Rancurel, E. Grenier, J. Montarry, N. E. Holroyd, J. A. Cotton, B. Mimee, M. Duceppe, I. Boyes, J. Lapalme,  M. Esquibet, M. Sabeh, M. Rott, H. Overmars, A. Tomczak, G. Smant, V. Blok, S. Mantelin, P. J. A. Cock, W. Phillips, J. Marvin, L. M Jones, H. B. Yusup, P. E. Urwin, M. Blaxter, J. T. Jones. (2016) The genomic and transcriptomic bases of pathogenicity in the golden potato cyst nematode, Globodera rostochiensis. – Genome biology.  DOI: 10.1186/s13059-016-0985-1.


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