Epigenetic Plant-Microbe Interactions (Group: Dr. Yuan You)

In nature, plants live in intimate association with various commensal, beneficial and pathogenic microbes that directly affect plants' growth, reproduction and survival. My research group aims to understand epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms of how plants perceive microbial invasion and mount defence responses and how microbes manipulate plants' physiology and development for infection. We are also investigating the consequences of environmental perturbations on plant-microbe interactions at a mechanistic level on a genome-wide scale.

Key paper: 

You et al. (2022) The eINTACT system dissects bacterial exploitation of plant osmosignalling to enhance virulence. Nature Plants [Abstract]