Project

Disease mechanisms of gram-positive bacterial pathogens of tomato

This project aims to understand how pathogenic gram-positive bacteria are able to cause disease in tomato. Normally, the plants innate immune system is able to defend against microbial attack. Pathogens that cause disease have evolved methods to evade this plant immune system such that they are able to proliferate and cause disease. We want to identify how these bacteria achieve this immune evasion.