Career History

  • Norwich Research Park Professor for Biosciences 2009-present
  • Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement 2009-present
  • Head of School, School of Biological Sciences, 2003- 2008
  • External Fellow of the John Innes Centre, 2001- present
  • Professor of Plant Science, School of Biological Sciences, UEA, 2001- present
  • Reader in Biological Sciences, UEA; 2000
  • Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences, UEA 1994-2000
  • Lecturer in Biological Sciences, UEA,1976-1994
  • PhD in Plant Pathology, University of Missouri, 1973-1976
  • BSc Agricultural Botany, 1st Class Hons., University of Leeds,1968-1971; MSc in Pathology, University of Missouri, USA, 1971-1973

All Publications

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Kim, J., Camargo-Rodriguez, A., Devoto, A., Moulton, V., Turner, J.

(2012)

Computational modeling of the regulatory network organizing the wound response in Arabidopsis thaliana,

in Artificial Life

18

(4)

pp. 445-460

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Adams, E., Turner, J.

(2010)

COI1, a jasmonate receptor, is involved in ethylene-induced inhibition of Arabidopsis root growth in the light,

in Journal of Experimental Botany

61

(15)

pp. 4373-4386

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Robson, F., Okamoto, H., Patrick, E., Harris, S., Wasternack, C., Brearley, C., Turner, J.

(2010)

Jasmonate and Phytochrome - A signaling in Arabidopsis wound and shade responses are integrated through JAZ1 stability,

in Plant Cell

22

(4)

pp. 1143-1160

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(Published)


Yang, X., Wang, W., Coleman, M., Orgil, U., Feng, J., Ma, X., Ferl, R., Turner, J., Xiao, S.

(2009)

Arabidopsis 14-3-3 lambda is a positive regulator of RPW8-mediated disease resistance,

in The Plant Journal

60

(3)

pp. 539-550

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Girling, R., Madison, R., Hassall, M., Poppy, G., Turner, J.

(2008)

Investigations into plant biochemical wound-response pathways involved in the production of aphid-induced plant volatiles,

in Journal of Experimental Botany

59

pp. 3077-3085

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Zhang, Y., Turner, J.

(2008)

Wound-induced endogenous jasmonates stunt plant growth by inhibiting mitosis,

in PLoS ONE

3

(11)

article no. e3699

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Turner, J.

(2007)

Stress Responses: JAZ Players Deliver Fusion and Rhythm,

in Current Biology

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pp. R847-R849

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Wang, W., Devoto, A., Turner, J., Xiao, S.

(2007)

Expression of the Membrane-Associated Resistance Protein RPW8 Enhances Basal Defense Against Biotrophic Pathogens,

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

20

(8)

pp. 966-976

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Adams, E., Devoto, A., Turner, J.

(2007)

Analysis of a novel ethylene-induced COI1-dependent signalling pathway in Arabidopsis thaliana,

in Advances in Plant Ethylene Research

2

pp. 81-87

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Girling, R., Hassall, M., Turner, J.

(2007)

Do turning biases by the 7-spot ladybird, Coccinella spetempunctata, increase their foraging efficiency?,

in Behaviour

144

pp. 143-163

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Mugford, S., Hawkes, V., Turner, J., Chartrain, L.

(2007)

The Arabidopsis transmissible wound signal,

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A Molecular & Integrative Physiology

146

(4)

UEA Repository

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(Published)


Girling, R., Hassall, M., Turner, J., Poppy, G.

(2006)

Behavioural responses of the aphid parasitoid Diaeretiella rapae to volatiles from Arabidopsis thaliana induced by Myzus persicae,

in Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata

120

(1)

pp. 1-9

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Devoto, A., Turner, J.

(2005)

Jasmonate-regulated Arabidopsis stress signalling network.,

in Physiologia Plantarum

123

(2)

pp. 161-172

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Devoto, A., Ellis, C., Magusin, A., Chang, H., Chilcott, C., Zhu, T., Turner, J.

(2005)

Expression profiling reveals COI1 to be a key regulator of genes involved in wound- and methyl jasmonate-induced secondary metabolism, defence, and hormone interactions.,

in Plant Molecular Biology

58

pp. 497-513

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Xiao, S., Calis, O., Patrick, E., Zhang, G., Charoenwattana, P., Muskett, P., Parker, J., Turner, J.

(2005)

The atypical resistance gene, RPW8, recruits components of basal defence for powdery mildew resistance in Arabidopsis.,

in The Plant Journal

42

pp. 95-110

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Xiao, S., Emerson, B., Ratanasut, K., Patrick, E., O'Neil, C., Bancroft, I., Turner, J.

(2004)

Origin and maintenance of a broad-spectrum disease resistance locus in Arabidopsis.,

in Molecular Biology and Evolution

21

pp. 1661-1672

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Devoto, A., Turner, J.

(2003)

Regulation of jasmonate-mediated plant responses in Arabidopsis.,

in Annals of Botany

92

pp. 329-337

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Xiao, S., Brown, S., Patrick, E., Brearley, C., Turner, J.

(2003)

Enhanced transcription of the Arabidopsis disease resistance genes RPW8.1 and RPW8.2 via a salicylic acid-dependent amplification circuit is required for hypersensitive cell death.,

in The Plant Cell

15

(1)

pp. 33-45

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Xiao, S., Charoenwattana, P., Holcombe, L., Turner, J.

(2003)

The Arabidopsis gene RPW8.1 and RPW8.2 confer induced resistance to powdery mildew diseases in tobacco.,

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

16

pp. 289-294

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Devoto, A., Nieto-Rostro, M., Xie, D., Ellis, C., Harmston, R., Patrick, E., Davis, J., Sherratt, L., Coleman, M., Turner, J.

(2002)

COl1 links jasmonate signalling and fertility to the SCF ubiquitin-ligase complex in Arabidopsis.,

in The Plant Journal

32

(4)

pp. 457-466

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Key Research Interests

My research is devoted to discover mechanisms by which plants reduce the effects of environmental stress. In particular I am interested in the broad-spectrum defences used by plants to deter pests and pathogens. My current interest is to uncouple defence responses from growth inhibition- processes. It is generally accepted that plants face the dilemma to “grow or to defend”. For example, plants exposed to a variety of types of injury have activated defences, and they stop growing. At the other extreme, plants that grow to escape shading from neighbours have reduced capacity to defend. We also endeavour to use the knowledge gained from this work to enhance crop productivity. Our current work builds on previous work in which we have discovered the key regulators of jasmonate-induced defences. For this we made transgenic Arabidopsis lines containing luciferase as a reporter for the JA- and wound-inducible VSP promoter, mutagenised the seed, and selected the mutants, cev1-cev7 which had constitutive activation of the reporter, coi1 which failed to express the reporter, and sci1-sci5 that suppressed coi1. Characterisation of the genes defined by these mutants has identified key components of the JA signal-response pathway. We also identified a novel type of Resistance Gene, represented by RPW8.1 and RPW8.2, which confer resistance to a broad-spectrum of pathogens.


Life in our research group

At UEA I have supervised research projects carried out by postdoctoral researchers, PhD students, MSc students, technical staff and visitors continuously over the past 30 years or so, and it is a source of great pride for me to see that these researchers have gone on to positions of significant research leadership not only in the UK, but also in (alphabetical order) Algeria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, US, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. One of the reasons that these scientists have done so well is that my lab consistently attracts the very best students and researchers and consistently produces the very best research papers illustrating significant advances in knowledge. This is as true of the current cohort as it was of the very first. The secret? That is easy: excellent students and researchers, interesting and important research projects, excellent facilities, and a friendly and supportive working environment. I would like to say this is true of my lab only, but it is also true throughout the School. And this research excellence in depth in the School of Biological Sciences provides a vital, dynamic research environment that benefits everyone, but especially those in my group.

PhD Positions

Please email me to discuss PhD opportunities and projects within the School of Biological Sciences

Postdocs & Fellows

I am always happy to discuss possibilities for postdoctoral work and collaborations. Possible funding routes include applying for fellowships, e.g. EU Marie Curie fellowships, with me acting as sponsor, or grant applications with you as a named postdoc.

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Easton College: Governor and member of the Corporation; Member of the Academic Curriculum Committee; Member of the Finance Committee
  • John and Pamela Salter Charitable Trust: Trustee
  • John Innes Centre: External Faculty Member

Administrative Posts

  • Associate Dean for Enterprise and Engagement
  • Norwich Research Park Professor for the Biosciences