We study the plant innate immune system, with the long-term goal of applying this knowledge to the generation of disease resistant plants. Our research uses several model systems, including tobacco, tomato and Arabidopsis to study interactions between plants and pathogens, including viruses, viroids and bacteria. This includes the investigation of how plants recognize pathogens, the signaling molecules involved in disease resistance and ultimately, how plants eliminate pathogens. We also investigate how pathogens counteract plant defenses and manipulate the host environment for their own benefit.
Our research group is part of the Centre SÈVE, an FRQNT-funded province-wide strategic research cluster.