Published Work


Gene regulation of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum during infection of Glycine max


Gene regulation of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum during infection of Glycine max: On the Road to pathogenesis. Westrick, N.M.*, Ranjan, A.*, Jain, S.,   Smith DL, Kabbage M. * co-first author. BMC Genomics.

Cellular model summarizing S. sclerotiorum resistance mechanisms in soybean


Resistance against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean involves reprogramming of the phenylpropanoid pathway and upregulation of anti-fungal activity targeting ergosterol biosynthesis. Ranjan, A., Westrick, N.M., Jain, S., Piotrowski JS, Ranjan, M., Kessens, R., Stiegman, L., Grau C., Smith DL, Kabbage M. Plant Biotechnology Journal


Silencing of GmRBOH‐VI leads to enhanced resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum


The pathogenic development of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean requires specific host NADPH oxidases.      Ranjan A., Jayaraman D., Grau C., Hill JH., Whitham SA., Ané JM., Smith DL., Kabbage M. Molecular Plant Pathology.


Chromosomal starting positions of markers associated with S. sclerotiorum resistance in soybean


Development and Evaluation of Glycine max Germplasm Lines with Quantitative Resistance to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. McCaghey M., Willbur J., Ranjan A., Grau CR., Chapman S., Diers B., Groves C., Kabbage M., Smith D. L. 

Frontiers in Plant Science.

Phytohormones-dependent disease defense model against Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in soybean


Main and epistatic loci studies in soybean for Sclerotinia sclerotiorum resistance reveal multiple modes of resistance in different environments. Tara CM., Singh A., Zhang J., Brungardt J., Kabbage M., Mueller DS., Grau CR., Ranjan A., Smith DL., ChowdaReddy RV., Singh AK. Scientific Reports.

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Poacic acid inhibits the growth of fungal and oomycete plant pathogens


Plant-derived antifungal agent poacic acid targets. β-1,3-glucan. Piotrowski JS., Okada H., Lu F., Li SC, Hinchman L., Ranjan A., Smith DL., Higbee AJ., Ulbrich A., Coon JJ., Deshpande R., Bukhman YV., McIlwain S., Ong IM., Myers CL., Boone C., Landick R., Ralph J., Kabbage M., Ohya Y. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (XOO) secreted cell wall degrading enzyme, LipA  induces rice defence including biosynthesis of JA and its derivatives


Upregulation of jasmonate biosynthesis and jasmonate-responsive genes in rice leaves in response to a bacterial pathogen mimic. Ranjan A., Vadassery J., Patel HK., Pandey A., Palaparthi R., Mithöfer A., Sonti RV. 

Functional and Integrative Genomics.

xopN- mutant of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae is proficient in suppression of LipA induced cell death in rice roots and callose deposition in rice leaves


Cell Wall Degrading Enzyme Induced Rice Innate Immune Responses Are Suppressed by the Type 3 Secretion System Effectors XopN, XopQ, XopX and XopZ of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. Oryzae. Sinha D., Gupta MK., Patel HK., Ranjan A., Sonti RV.  PLoS ONE.