The main objective is to profile Plasmodiophora brassicae candidate effector proteins. Using the RNA-Seq data from clubroot-infected Arabidopsis, previously generated by the same research group, the researchers have identified candidate effector proteins secreted by the clubroot pathogen during secondary infection. A number of these effectors have been characterized and researchers are currently identifying their target plant proteins. Levels of clubroot resistance of the plant target protein mutants is also being explored as potential sources of resistance to clubroot disease.
A number of candidate effector proteins have been characterized and their role in plant effector-triggered immunity is being established. Characterization of more effector proteins continues.