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Dr Petra Boevink

Dr Petra Boevink

Petra Boevink

 +44 (0)344 928 5428

Dundee DD2 5DA
Scotland UK


The focus of my research is the cell biology of plant-pathogen interactions, in particular between the notorious oomycete pathogen Phytophthora infestans, the causal agent of the devastating potato late blight, and its hosts. This pathogen manipulates plant defence responses on multiple levels, suggesting complex exchanges of signals between host and pathogen and a variety of effector functions. I work closely with Paul Birch (of Dundee University Plant Sciences, based at the James Hutton Institute) and Steve Whisson and other members of the strong Phytophthora team in Dundee and we are part of the Dundee Effector Consortium which encourages collaboration and exchange between teams working on different pathogen/pest-plant interactions. 

Leading Ideas

  • Agriculture
  • Crop and grassland production and disease control
  • Pest Control and Management

Area of Strategic Research Programme

Further information the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme is available

  • Theme 2: Productive and sustainable land management and Rural Economies
  • 2.1.4 Plant pest epidemiology
  • 2.1.3 Plant-pest interactions
  • 2.1 - Crop and Grassland Production and Disease Control