Armin Djamei

Effectomics - Exploring the Toolbox of Plant Pathogens

Research focus

Biotrophic fungi colonize living host tissue and are therefore masters in manipulating the immune defense responses, metabolism and development of their host plants. The focus of our research is to elucidate the underlying molecular mechanisms of biotrophy in the model pathosystems Ustilago maydis/Maize and Ustilago bromivora/Brachypodium. In an integrative approach we functionally explore the effectome (pathogen derived secreted manipulative molecules) to gain insights into the targeted host metabolic processes and to understand the critical needs of the pathogens.

Selected publications

Seitner D, Uhse S, ..., Djamei A (2018) The Core Effector Cce1 is Required for Early Infection of Maize by Ustilago maydis. Mol Plant Pathol 19(10):2277-87.

Czedik-Eysenberg A, Seitner S, Ulrich Güldener, et al. (2018) The ‘PhenoBox’, a flexible, automated, open-source plantphenotyping solution. New Phytol [epub].

Uhse S, Pflug F, ..., Djamei A (2018) In vivo insertion pool sequencing identifies virulence factors in a complex fungal–host interaction. PLoS Biol:e2005129.

Rabe F, Bosch J, Stirnberg A, et al. (2016) A complete toolset for the study of Ustilago bromivora and Brachypodium sp. as a fungal-temperate grass pathosystem. eLife 2016;5:e20522.

Tanaka S, Brefort T, Neidig N, et al. (2014) A secreted Ustilago maydis effector promotes virulence by targeting anthocyanin biosynthesis in maize. Elife 2014(3):e01355.