Context

Plant pathogenic bacteria cause considerable economic losses to food production systems, largely because there is a lack of effective control methods.

The research

In this project, led by Dr Ville Friman, we are investigating how phages (plant-specific viruses) can be used to combat wilt disease caused by infection with Ralstonia solanacearum bacteria. The Harper lab is specifically interested in how Ralstonia infection and treatment with phage therapy affects the plant immune system.

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Julia Crawford
Administrator
julia.crawford@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 328800
Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD

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Featured researcher
Dr Andrea Harper

Dr Andrea Harper

Dr Harper's research focuses on developing statistical genetics approaches which are capable of associating trait variation with different types of genetic markers and flexible enough to be adapted to a range of plant species.

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Ville Friman

Ville Friman

Dr Friman is an evolutionary biologist interested in eco-evolutionary dynamics of species interactions in communities. 

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Contact us

Julia Crawford
Administrator
julia.crawford@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 328800
Department of Biology, University of York, Wentworth Way, York YO10 5DD

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Project summary