Seminar Prof Cyril Zipfel

11:00 - 12:30

Jozef Schell seminar room

“Activation and regulation of plant immunity by secreted signaling peptides”

Cyril Zipfel a,b

a Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Zürich-Basel Plant Science Center, University of Zürich, 8008 Zürich, Switzerland.
b The Sainsbury Laboratory, University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, United Kingdom.

Plant immunity relies on both cell-surface and intracellular immune receptors. In particular, receptor kinases act as pattern recognition receptors that sense microbial and host-derived molecular patterns. Part of this first-line immune response involves the dynamic production of immuno-modulatory secreted signaling peptides, termed phytocytokines. I will present our recent work on phytocytokines, their perception mechanisms, and their potential functions as both regulators and executioners of plant immunity.

Invited by Prof Yves Van de Peer, Prof Bert De Rybel, Prof Tom Beeckman, Prof Van Daniël Van Damme and Prof Jenny Russinova