Vici Grant for Dr Frank Takken
Dr Frank Takken, assistant professor of Molecular Plant Pathology recieves a Vici grant for: DNA Damage and Plant Immunity; An Ancient Link, a Novel Paradigm. Elucidating the Activity of NLR-type Immune Receptors in the Plant Nucleus
Plants are the most important source of nutrition for humans and animals. Despite plants’ advanced immune systems, 35% of the worldwide potential yields are lost as a result of diseases. Takken wishes to understand how plants activate their defence system when perceiving pathogens. This knowledge will make it possible to better protect plants against pathogens.