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Jason Rudd

Senior Research Scientist
Plant Biology & Crop Science
+44 (0) 1582 763 133 ext: +44 1582 938187
Rothamsted Research, West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2JQ
Current Projects
Past Projects
Project Leader
  • A functional genomics approach to the identification of genes determining fungal pathogenesis of cereals
  • BBSRC Quota Studentship: Characterisation and functional analysis of Mycosphaerella graminicola small secreted proteins (ssp's)
  • BBSRC CASE Studentship Investigating fungal pathogen metabolism through targeted analysis of the Mycosphaerella graminicola Cytochrome P
  • Functional genomic analysis of interactions between Mycoshaerella graminicola & wheat plants: investigating genes related to early stages of infection
  • *Exploring spot blotch disease
  • BBSRC Quota Studentship: Functional evaluation of plant defence signalling against Fusarium graminearum and F.culmorum in Arabidopsis floral tissue

 *- joint 1st author publications

± -corresponding author

Graham R. D. McGrann1*† , Ambrose Andongabo2† , Elisabet Sjökvist1,4† , Urmi Trivedi5 , Francois Dussart1 , Maciej Kaczmarek1,6, Ashleigh Mackenzie1 , James M. Fountaine1,7, Jeanette M. G. Taylor1 , Linda J. Paterson1 , Kalina Gorniak1 , Fiona Burnett1 , Kostya Kanyuka3 , Kim E. Hammond-Kosack3 , Jason J. Rudd3 , Mark Blaxter4,5 and Neil D. Havis. (2016) The genome of the emerging barley pathogen Ramularia collo-cygni. BMC Genomics. 17:584 DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-2928-3

Javier Palma-Guerrero1,*, Stefano F. F. Torriani1,2*, Marcello Zala1, Dee Carter35 , MikaëlCourbot2, Jason J. Rudd4, Bruce A. McDonald1, Daniel Croll1,§. (2016) Comparative transcriptome analyses of Zymoseptoria tritici strains show complex lifestyle transitions and intra-specific variability in transcription profiles. Mol. Plant Pathol. DOI: 10.1111/mpp.12333

Mark C Derbyshire, Louise Michaelson, Josie Parker, Steven Kelly, Urvashi Thacker, Stephen J Powers, Andy Bailey, Kim Hammond-Kosack, Mikael Courbot and Jason Rudd±(2015). Functional analysis of cytochrome b5 reductase-mediated metabolism in the phytopathogenic fungus Zymoseptoria tritici reveals novel functionalities implicated in virulence. Fungal Genet. Biol. Volume: 82   Pages: 69-84 

Jason J Rudd. (2015). Previous bottlenecks and future solutions to dissecting the Zymoseptoria tritici - wheat host-pathogen interaction. Fungal Genet. Biol. Volume: 79   Pages: 24-8

Lee, Wing-Sham; Rudd, Jason J; Kanyuka, Kostya (2015) Virus induced gene silencing (VIGS) for functional analysis of wheat genes involved in Zymoseptoria tritici susceptibility and resistance. Fungal Genet. Biol.  Volume: 79   Pages: 84-8 

Fen Yang, Wanshun Li, Mark Derbyshire, Martin R Larsen, Jason J Rudd and Giuseppe Palmisano. (2015). Unraveling incompatibility between wheat and the fungal pathogen Zymoseptoria tritici through apoplastic proteomics. BMC Genomics. Vol 16 p362

Lee J, Orosa B, Millyard L, Edwards M, Kanyuka K, Gatehouse A, Rudd J, Hammond-Kosack K, Pain N, Sadanandom A. Functional analysis of a Wheat Homeodomain protein, TaR1, reveals that host chromatin remodelling influences the dynamics of the switch to necrotrophic growth in the phytopathogenic fungus Zymoseptoria tritici. New Phytol. 2015 206 p598-605

Rudd J±, Kanyuka K, Hassani-Pak K, Derbyshire M, Andongabo A, Devonshire J, Lysenko A, Saqi M, Desai N, Powers S, Hooper J, Ambroso L, Bharti A, Farmer A, Hammond-Kosack K, Dietrich R, Courbot M. Transcriptome and metabolite profiling the infection cycle of Zymoseptoria tritici on wheat (Triticum aestivum) reveals a biphasic interaction with plant immunity involving differential pathogen chromosomal contributions, and a variation on the hemibiotrophic lifestyle definition. Plant Physiol. 2015 Jan 16. pii: pp.114.255927. [Epub ahead of print]PubMed PMID: 25596183.

Lee WS, Devonshire JB, Hammond-Kosack KE, Rudd JJ, Kanyuka KK. Deregulation of plant cell death through disruption of chloroplast functionality affects asexual sporulation of Zymoseptoria tritici on wheat. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2014 Dec 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25496594.

Lee WS, Rudd JJ, Hammond-Kosack KE, Kanyuka K. Mycosphaerella graminicola LysM effector-mediated stealth pathogenesis subverts recognition through both CERK1 and CEBiP homologues in wheat. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2014 Mar;27(3):236-43.

Morais do Amaral A, Antoniw J, Rudd JJ*, Hammond-Kosack KE. Defining the predicted protein secretome of the fungal wheat leaf pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e49904. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049904. 

Dean, Ralph; van Kan, Jan; Pretorius, Zacharias; Hammond-Kosack, Kim; Di Pietro, Antonio; Spanu, Pietro; Rudd, Jason*; Dickman, Marty; Kahmann, Regine; Ellis, Jeff. Foster, Gary (2012) “The Top 10 Fungal Pathogens in Molecular Plant Pathology”. Molecular Plant Pathology. 13, 414-430

Antoniw J, Beacham AM, Baldwin TK, Urban M, Rudd JJ, Hammond-Kosack KE. (2011). OmniMapFree: A unified tool to visualise and explore sequenced genomes. BMC Bioinformatics. 15, 447

Motteram, J., Lovegrove, A., Pirie, E., Marsh, J., Devonshire, J., van de Meene, A., Hammond-Kosack, K., and Rudd, J.J±. (2011). Aberrant protein N-glycosylation impacts upon infection-related growth transitions of the haploid plant-pathogenic fungus Mycosphaerella graminicola. Mol. Microbiol. 81, 415-433. 

Marshall, R., Kombrink, A., Motteram, J., Loza-Reyes, E., Lucas, J., Hammond-Kosack, K.E., Thomma, B.P.H.J., and Rudd, J.J±. (2011). Analysis of Two in Planta Expressed LysM Effector Homologs from the Fungus Mycosphaerella graminicola Reveals Novel Functional Properties and Varying Contributions to Virulence on Wheat. Plant Physiol. 156, 756-769. 


Goodwin, S.B., Ben M'Barek, S., Dhillon, B., Wittenberg, A.H.J., Crane, C.F., Hane, J.K., Foster, A.J., Van der Lee, T.A.J., Grimwood, J., Aerts, A., Antoniw, J., Bailey, A., Bluhm, B., Bowler, J., Bristow, J., van der Burgt, A., Canto-Canche, B., Churchill, A.C.L., Conde-Ferraez, L., Cools, H.J., Coutinho, P.M., Csukai, M., Dehal, P., De Wit, P., Donzelli, B., van de Geest, H.C., van Ham, R.C.H.J., Hammond-Kosack, K.E., Henrissat, B., Kilian, A., Kobayashi, A.K., Koopmann, E., Kourmpetis, Y., Kuzniar, A., Lindquist, E., Lombard, V., Maliepaard, C., Martins, N., Mehrabi, R., Nap, J.P.H., Ponomarenko, A., Rudd, J.J., Salamov, A., Schmutz, J., Schouten, H.J., Shapiro, H., Stergiopoulos, I., Torriani, S.F.F., Tu, H., de Vries, R.P., Waalwijk, C., Ware, S.B., Wiebenga, A., Zwiers, L.-H., Oliver, R.P., Grigoriev, I.V., and Kema, G.H.J. (2011). Finished Genome of the Fungal Wheat Pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola Reveals Dispensome Structure, Chromosome Plasticity, and Stealth Pathogenesis. Plos Genetics 7. e1002070 10.1371/journal.pgen.1002070


Deller, S., Hammond-Kosack, K. E. and Rudd, J. J±. (2011) The complex interactions between host immunity and non-biotrophic fungal pathogens of wheat leaves. Journal of Plant Physiology, 168, 63-71.

Rudd J.J.± , Antoniw, J., Marshall, R., Motteram, J., Fraaije, B. and Hammond-Kosack K. (2010) Identification and characterisation of Mycosphaerella graminicola secreted or surface-associated proteins with variable intragenic coding repeats. Fungal Genet Biol. 47  p19-32   

Motteram, J; Kufner, I; Deller, S; Brunner, F; Hammond-Kosack, K; Nurnberger, T. and Rudd J.J±. (2009) Molecular Characterization and Functional Analysis of MgNLP, the Sole NPP1 Domain-Containing Protein, from the Fungal Wheat Leaf Pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 22 p790-799

Hammond-Kosack KE, and Rudd JJ±. Plant resistance signalling hijacked by a necrotrophic fungal pathogen. (2008) Plant Signal Behav. Nov;3(11):993-5.

 Rudd J.J±, Keon, J. and Hammond-Kosack K.  (2008) The wheat mitogen-activated protein kinases TaMPK3 and TaMPK6 are differentially regulated at multiple levels during compatible disease interactions with Mycosphaerella graminicola. Plant Physiology  147  p 802-815

 John Keon, John Antoniw, Raffaella Carzaniga, Siân Deller, Jane L. Ward, John M. Baker, Michael H. Beale, Kim Hammond-Kosackand Jason J. Rudd±(2007) Transcriptional adaptation of Mycosphaerella graminicola to programmed cell death (PCD) of its susceptible wheat host. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 20, p178-193.

 Barend H. J. de Graaf, Jason J. Rudd*, Michael J. Wheeler, Ruth M. Perry, Elizabeth M. Bell, Kim Osman, F. Christopher H. Franklin & Vernonica E. Franklin-Tong  (2006) Self-incompatibility in Papaver targets soluble inorganic pyrophosphatases in pollen. Nature. 444, 490-493.

 Keon, J., Rudd, J.J., Antoniw, J., Skinner, W., Hargreaves, J. and Hammond-Kosack, K. (2005) Metabolic and stress adaptation by Mycosphaerella graminicola during sporulation in its host revealed through microarray transcription profiling. Mol Plant Pathol 6, 527-540.

 John Keon, John Antoniw, Jason Rudd, Wendy Skinner, John Hargreaves and Kim Hammond-Kosack. (2005) Analysis of expressed sequence tags from the wheat leaf blotch pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola (anamorph Septoria tritici). Fungal Genet Biol 42, 376-389.

 Ahlfors R, Macioszek V, Rudd J, Brosche M, Schlichting R, Scheel D and Kandasjarvi J. (2004) Stress hormone-independent activation and nuclear translocation of mitogen-activated protein kinases in Arabidopsis thaliana during ozone exposure. Plant J 40, 512-522

 Lee J, Rudd JJ*, Macioszek VK and Scheel D. (2004) Dynamic changes in the localization of MAPK cascade components controlling pathogenesis-related (PR) gene expression during innate immunity in parsley. J Biol Chem 279, 22440-22448

 Kroj T, Rudd JJ*, Nurnberger T, Gabler, Y, Lee J and Scheel D. (2003) Mitogen-activated protein kinases play an essential role in oxidative burst-independent expression of pathogenesis-related genes in parsley. J Biol Chem 278, 2256-2264 

 Rudd JJ, Osman K, Franklin FCH and Franklin-Tong, VE (2003) Activation of a putative MAP kinase in pollen is stimulated by the self-incompatibility (SI) response FEBS Lett 547, 223-227

 Rudd JJ, Franklin-Tong VE. (2003) Signals and targets of the self-incompatibility response in pollen of Papaver rhoeas. J Exp Bot 54, 141-148

 Brunner F, Rosahl S, Lee J, Rudd JJ, Geiler C, Kauppinen S, Rasmussen G, Scheel D and Nurnberger, T. (2002) Pep-13, a plant defense-inducing pathogen-associated pattern from Phytophthora transglutaminases. EMBO J 21, 6681-6688

 Lee J and Rudd JJ. (2002) Calcium-dependent protein kinases: versatile plant signalling components necessary for pathogen defence. Trends Plant Sci 7, 97-98

 Rudd JJ and Franklin-Tong VE. (2001) Unravelling response-specificity in Ca2+ signalling pathways in plant cells. New Phytol 151 p7-33

 Jordan ND, Ride JP, Rudd JJ, Davies EM, Franklin-Tong VE, Franklin FCH (2000) Inhibition of self-incompatible pollen in Papaver rhoeas involves a complex series of cellular events. Annals of Botany 85, p197-202. 

 Wheeler MJ, Allan AC, Jordan ND, Rudd JJ, Franklin-Tong VE, Franklin FCH (1999) The intracellular events triggered by the self-incompatibility response in Papaver rhoeas. Protoplasma 208, p99-106

 Rudd, JJ; Franklin-Tong, VE (1999) Calcium signalling in plants. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 55, p214-232

 Rudd, JJ; Franklin, FCH; FranklinTong, VE. (1997) Ca2+-independent phosphorylation of a 68 kDa pollen protein is stimulated by the self-incompatibility response in Papaver rhoeas. Plant Journal 12,  p507-514.

 Rudd JJ, Franklin FCH, Lord JM, FranklinTong VE. (1996) Increased phosphorylation of a 26-kD pollen protein is induced by the self-incompatibility response in Papaver rhoeas. Plant Cell 8, p713-724.