Daniel Hofius, from Uppsala University, will give a talk about "Selective autophagy in plant immunity and disease".
Brief description of research
Autophagy is a conserved catabolic and homeostatic process in eukaryotes that mediates the bulk or selective degradation of cytoplasmic content including individual and aggregated proteins, toxic compounds and damaged organelles. In animals, autophagy plays a paramount role in the immune response against intracellular pathogens, and several viruses and bacteria have evolved measures to counteract or even hijack autophagic processes to the benefit of infection. In plants, however, the functions and mechanisms of autophagy in host immunity and microbial pathogenesis remain poorly understood. Here, I will present our recent findings revealing anti- and pro-microbial roles of distinct autophagy pathways during bacterial and viral infection in Arabidopsis thaliana.