Plant pathogenic bacteria cause considerable economic losses to food production systems, largely because there is a lack of effective control methods.
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.
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.
Dr Friman is an evolutionary biologist interested in eco-evolutionary dynamics of species interactions in communities.