Tag Archives: phytoplasma

JIC scientist recognised for outstanding research

Dr Akiko Sugio and Dr Saskia Hogenhout, phytoplasma experts (leafhopper in foreground on Saskia's finger)

Dr Saskia Hogenhout has received an award for her outstanding research in the field of mycoplasmology. Saskia has been awarded the Derrick Edward Award for outstanding research by a young investigator by the International Organization for Mycoplasmology. Mycoplasmology is the study of a class of bacteria that are associated with a wide variety of diseases [...]

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How parasites modify plants to attract insects

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.

Pathogens can alter their hosts, for example malaria parasites can make humans more attractive to mosquitoes, but how they do it has remained a mystery. Scientists from the John Innes Centre on Norwich Research Park have identified for the first time a specific molecule from a parasite that manipulates plant development to the advantage of [...]

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Boost for research to reduce pesticide use

Boost for research to reduce pesticide use

The John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Saskia Hogenhout, an expert in insect-borne microorganisms that cause disease in plants.  These tiny parasitic bacteria, called phytoplasmas, live in the sap of plants and are spread by insects such as leafhoppers.  Phytoplasmas cause a wide variety of diseases in economically important [...]

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