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EMBO Global Investigator

Jyothilakshmi Vadassery

National Institute of Plant Genome Research, Delhi | India

GIN 2020–2024

Early immune signaling in plants upon insect herbivory

My group studies calcium-regulated early signaling involved in the rapid activation of plant immunity against insect herbivores. We have identified the role of Cyclic Nucleotide Gated Channels (CNGC) in plant-herbivore interaction and in regulating direct defense. We further use forward and reverse genetics approaches, biochemical techniques, metabolomics and imaging to expedite novel discoveries in plant defense against insect herbivory.

Keywords: Plant defense / herbivory / calcium signals / jasmonate / ion channels

Subject area(s): Membranes & Transport | Plant Biology | Signal Transduction | Evolution & Ecology