题目1：“How wheat plants interact with an apoplastic fungal pathogen”
报告人：Dr. Kostya Kanyuka (Rothamsted Research)
报告人简介：Dr. Kostya Kanyuka is a functional genomics scientist with a keen interest in plant-microbe Interactions. His group employs and develops state-of-the-art functional genomics approaches, such as virus-induced gene silencing, virus-mediated heterologous protein overexpression and host-induced gene silencing, as well as classical genetic approaches to identify genes underlying compatible and incompatible interactions between cereal crops and phytopathogenic fungi. The group is also interested in understanding the role of small non-coding RNAs in plant-pathogen interactions, and in developing novel RNA interference-based approaches for improved resistance to fungal pathogens. Recent key scientific achievements include the identification of two wheat immune receptors activating defense in response to fungal cell-wall derived chitin, isolation of the first wheat gene (Stb6) that controls resistance to the fungus Zymoseptoria tritici, and identification of apoplastic fungal effector proteins that are recognized by the cell surface immune receptors and induce cell death in non-host plants. The results were published in Plant Physiology, New Phytologist, Plant Journal, Molecular Ecology etc.
题目2：Genome editing as a new powerful tool for plant breeding
报告人：Dr. Vladimir Nekrasov (Rothamsted Research)
报告人简介：Dr. Vladimir Nekrasov's primary research interest is in developing and applying the genome editing technology (CRISPR/Cas) in plants. His key expertise is in molecular biology, and he is currently focused on applying genome editing for the purpose of improving important agronomic traits in crops. The results were published in Nature Biotechnology, Genome biology, The EMBO Journal, Current Opinion in Biotechnology etc.