Cellular Basis of Immunity
How do plant cells defend themselves against infection? Most pathogens that colonize plants invade extracellular spaces. A physical barrier is therefore always present between the host and the pathogen. Silke Robatzek will present multidisciplinary approaches that focus on three grand challenges:
- perception of microbes by plasma membrane immune receptors;
- execution of extracellular defence;
- colonization strategies of extracellular pathogens. Over the years she and her group characterized immune receptormediated endocytosis, a mechanism for sustaining cellular responsiveness to confer long-term anti-bacterial immunity.
Silke Robatzek is Group Leader at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK as well as Honorary Professor at Botanisches Institut der Universität Basel. She is currently Visiting Fellow at CAS.