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 ist Gruppenleiterin am The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich, UK und Honorarprofessorin am Botanischen Institut der Universität Basel. Derzeit ist sie Visiting Fellow am CAS.