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Postdoctoral Researcher - Department of Crop Genetics

Postdoctoral Researcher - Department of Crop Genetics

John Innes Centre, United Kingdom


Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the laboratories of Saskia Hogenhout in the Department of Crop Genetics at the John Innes Centre (JIC, Norwich, UK) and Yongping Huang in the Insect Molecular Genetics group at the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology (SIPPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS, Shanghai, China). The successful candidate will be at the John Innes Centre for a period of 18 months starting January 2018 or as soon as possible after this date.

Research in the Hogenhout group focuses on understanding the molecular bases of interactions between sap-feeding insects (aphids, leafhoppers, whiteflies) and plants and the transmission of plant pathogens (such as the bacterial pathogen phytoplasma) by these insects. The Huang group studies insect genetics and sex determination of the silk worm Bombyx mori and the cotton/melon aphid Aphis gossypii and quality of silk production by B. mori.

Aphids are sap-feeding insect pests that cause crop losses via direct feeding damage and through the vectoring of plant viruses. The aphid stylet-like mouthparts probe multiple plants cells on their way to the plant vascular tissues for long-term feeding. During probing and feeding, these insects secrete saliva containing virulence proteins (effectors) and plant pathogens. This project will focus on the functional characterization of an important family of effector proteins of the green peach aphid Myzus persicae, which is a polyphagous insect pest of a broad range of economically important crops worldwide.


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