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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge


Sebastian Eves-van den Akker leads the plant-parasite interactions group in the Department of Plant Sciences. The overarching theme of our group is to combine genomics and molecular biology to understand fundamental questions in host:parasite biology. We primarily focus on plant-parasitic nematodes because: i) they are a threat to food security in developed and developing countries, and ii) underlying this threat is a wealth of fascinating biology that until very recently has been largely unexplorable. We are always open to sharing ideas and resources to address interesting and/or important questions.


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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.


BBSRC David Phillips Fellow
Head of Plant-Parasite Interactions Group
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Dr Sebastian  Eves-van den Akker
Not available for consultancy


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Plant-parasitic nematodes

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