Department of Plant Physiology
Biology III

molecular phytopathology



Asian grapevine leaf rust caused by Phakopsora euvitis: an emerging disease in Brazil
Primiano IV, Loehrer M, Amorim L and U Schaffrath
Plant Pathology, early view

Bacterial Growth Inhibition Assay for Xanthomonoas oryzae pv. oryzae or Escherichia coli K12 Grown together with Plant Leaf Extracts
Loehrer M, Delventhal R, Weidenbach D and U Schaffrath
bio-protocols, Vol 6, Iss 24, DOI:10.21769/BioProtoc.2069

Protocols for Inoculation of Rice with Different Pathogens: Sheath Blight (Rhizoctonia solani), Damping off Disease (Pythium graminicola) and Barley Powdery Mildew (Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei)
Delventhal R, Loehrer M, Weidenbach D and U Schaffrath
bio-protocols, Vol 6, Iss 24, DOI:10.21769/BioProtoc.2070



Polarized defence against fungal pathogens mediated by the Jacalin-Lectin domain of modular Poaceae-specific proteins.

Weidenbach D, Esch L, Möller C, Hensel G, Kumlehn J, Höfle C, Hückelhoven R and U. Schaffrath

Mol. Plant, 9(4):514-527, DOI 10.1016/j.molp.2015.12.009


Secreted Magnaporthe oryzae effector proteins interfere with host infection and counter-act cell death caused by Magnaporthe-NLPs in tobacco.

Mogga V, Delventhal R, Weidenbach D, Langer S, Bertram PM, Andresen K, Thines E, Kroj T and U. Schaffrath

Plant Cell Reports, 35(5):1169-85, DOI 10.1007/s00299-016-1943-9



A particular silent codon exchange in recombinant gene greatly influences host cell a metabolic activity.

Rahmen N, Schlupp C, Mitsunaga H, Fulton A, Aryani T, Esch E, Schaffrath U, Fukuzaki E, Jaeger KE,and J Buechs

Microb Cell Fact, 14:156, DOI 10.1186/s12934-015-0348-8


An organ-specific view on nonhost resistance.

Strugala R, Delventhal R and U Schaffrath

Front. Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2015.00526


Abscisic acid negatively interferes with basal defence of barley against Magnaporthe oryzae.

Ulfers S, Delventhal D, Splivallo R, Karlovsky P and U. Schaffrath

BMC Plant Biology, 15:7, doi 10.1186/s12870-014-0409-x


Shoot and root phenotyping of the barley mutant kcs6 (3-ketoacyl-CoA synthase6) depleted in epicuticular waxes under water limitation.

Weidenbach D, Jansen M, Bodewein T, Nagel KA and U. Schaffrath

Plant Signal Behav, 10(4):1-3. doi: 10.1080/15592324.2014.1003752



Evolutionary Conserved Function of Barley and Arabidopsis 3-KETOACYL-CoA SYNTHASES in Providing Wax Signals for Germination of Powdery Mildew Fungi.

Weidenbach D, Jansen M, Franke RB, Hensel G, Weissgerber W, Ulferts S, Jansen I, Schreiber L, Korzun V, Pontzen R, Kumlehn J, Pillen K
and U. Schaffrath

Plant Physiol. 166:1624-1633.


On the current status of Phakopsora pachyrhizi genome sequencing.

Loehrer M, Vogel A, Huettel B, Reinhardt R, Benes V, Duplessis S, Usadel B and U. Schaffrath

Front. Plant Sci. 2014, DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00377


Invivo assessment by Mach-Zehnder double-beam interferometry of the invasive force exerted by the Asian soybean rust fungus (Phakopsora pachyrhizi).

Loehrer M, Botterweck J, Jahnke J, Mahlmann DM, Gaetgens J, Oldiges M, Horbach R, Deising H and U. Schaffrath
New Phytologist 2014, 203: 620-31


Ectoparasitic growth of Magnaporthe on barley triggers expression of the putative barley
wax biosynthesis gene CYP96B22 which is involved in penetration resistance

Delventhal R, Falter C, Strugala R, Zellerhoff N and Schaffrath U

BMC Plant Biology 2014, 14:26, DOI: 10.1186/1471-2229-14-26


Melanin is not required for turgor generation but enhances cell wall rigidity in appressoria of the corn pathogen Colletotrichum graminicola

Ludwig N, Löhrer M, Hempel M, Mathea S, Schliebner I, Menzel M, Kiesow A, Schaffrath U, Deising HB and
Horbach R

Mol Plant-Microbe Interaction 2014, 27 (4): 315-327, DOI: 10.1094/mpmi-09-13-0267-r




UDP-glucosyltransferase UGT84A2/BRT1 is required for Arabidopsis nonhost resistance to the Asian soybean rust pathogen Phakopsora pachyrhizi.

Langenbach C, Campe R, Schaffrath U, Goellner K and U Conrath

New Phytologist 2013, 198:536-545.



Assessment of the loose smut fungi (Ustilago nuda and U. tritici) in tissues of barley and wheat by fluorescence microscopy and real-time PCR
Wunderle J, Leclerque A, Schaffrath U, Slusarenko A and E Koch
Eur J
Plant Pathol 2012, 133(4):865-875. DOI: 10.1007/s10658-012-0010-9 


OsWRKY22, a monocot WRKY gene, plays a role in the resistance response to blast.
Abruscato P, Nepusz T, Mizzi L, Del Corvo M, Morandini P, Fumasoni I, Michel C, Paccanaro A, Guiderdoni E, Schaffrath U, Morel J-B, Piffanelli P and O Faivre-Rampant
Mol Plant Pathol 2012, 13(8):828-841. DOI: 10.1111/J.1364-3703.2012.00795.X


Barley stripe mosaic virus-induced gene silencing (BSMV-IGS) as a tool for functional analysis of barley genes potentially involved in nonhost resistance
Rhoda Delventhal, Nina Zellerhoff, Ulrich Schaffrath
Plant Signaling & Behavior Volume 6 Issue 6


Asian Soybean Rust – meet a prominent challenge in soybean cultivation
Lohrer M, Schaffrath U.
book-chapter from:
Soybean - Biochemistry, Chemistry and Physiology, Tzi-Bun Ng (ed.), 2011, InTech-Open Access Publisher, Rijeka, Croatia, ISBN 978-953-307-219-7


Organ identity and environmental conditions determine the effectiveness of nonhost resistance in the interaction between Arabidopsis thaliana and Magnaporthe oryzae.
Schreiber C, Slusarenko AJ, Schaffrath U.
Molecular Plant Pathology 2011, 12 (4): 397-402, DOI: 10.1111/j.1364-3703.2010.00682.x.


Wie wehren sich Pflanzen gegen Pflanzenkrankheiten?
Ulferts S und Schaffrath U
Untericht Biologie 2011 (März), 35. Jhg.
Wie Forschung funktioniert. Hrsg. M Wüller und J Bohrmann.
362: 29-35 , ISSN 0341-5260


Wie wird aus Wirt Nichtwirt?
Ulrich Schaffrath und Rhoda Delventhal
labor&more 2011, 7. Jhg.:1-4, 2.11, p:24-27, ISSN 1866-5217

How does a  Host become a Nonhost?      
Ulrich Schaffrath und Rhoda Delventhal
lab&more international 2011, 7. Jhg.:1-4, 2.11, ISSN 1866-5225



Nonhost resistance of barley to different fungal pathogens is associated with largely distinct, quantitative transcriptional responses.
Zellerhoff N, Himmelbach A, Dong W, Bieri S, Schaffrath U, Schweizer P.
Plant Physiol. 2010 Apr; 152 (4): 2053-2066 open access


Phakopsora pachyrhizi, the causal agent of Asian soybean rust
Goellner K, Loehrer M, Langenbach C, Conrath U, Koch E, Schaffrath U.
Mol Plant Pathol 2010 Mar; 11(2):169-177.



The barley mutant emr2 shows enhanced resistance against several fungal leaf pathogens
Jansen M, Schaffrath U.
Plant Breeding 2009 Apr; 128 (2): 124-129.


Transgenic suppression of cell death limits penetration success of the soybean rust fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi into epidermal cells of barley.
Hoefle C, Loehrer M, Schaffrath U, Frank M, Schultheiss H, Hückelhoven R.
Phytopathology. 2009 Mar; 99 (3):220-6.


Characterization of nonhost resistance of Arabidopsis to the Asian soybean rust.
Loehrer M, Langenbach C, Goellner K, Conrath U, Schaffrath U.
Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2008 Nov;21 (11):1421-30.


Characterization of the model system rice-Magnaporthe for the study of nonhost resistance in cereals.
Faivre-Rampant O, Thomas J, Allègre M, Morel JB, Tharreau D, Nottéghem JL, Lebrun MH, Schaffrath U, Piffanelli P.
New Phytol. 2008; 180 (4):899-910.


Constitutively activated barley ROPs modulate epidermal cell size, defense reactions and interactions with fungal leaf pathogens.
Pathuri IP, Zellerhoff N, Schaffrath U, Hensel G, Kumlehn J, Kogel KH, Eichmann R, Hückelhoven R.
Plant Cell Rep. 2008 Dec; 27 (12):1877-87. Epub 2008 Sep 11.


Barley Rom1 antagonizes Rar1 function in Magnaporthe oryzae-infected leaves by enhancing epidermal and diminishing mesophyll defence.
Zellerhoff N, Jansen M, Schaffrath U.
New Phytol. 2008; 180 (3):702-10. Epub 2008 Aug 16.


The Barley Mutant emr1 was Identified in a Mutational Screen for Resistance Against Magnaporthe oryzae.
Jansen M, Schaffrath U.
Plant Signal Behav. 2007 Jul; 2 (4):278-9.


The barley mutant emr1 exhibits restored resistance against Magnaporthe oryzae in the hypersusceptible mlo-genetic background.
Jansen M, Jarosch B, Schaffrath U.
Planta. 2007 May; 225 (6):1381-91. Epub 2006 Dec 2.


Competence of roots for race-specific resistance and the induction of acquired resistance against Magnaporthe oryzae
Jansen M, Slusarenko AJ, Schaffrath U
Mol Plant Pathol. 2006 Mar; 7 (3): 191-195.


Priming: getting ready for battle.
Prime-A-Plant Group, Conrath U, Beckers GJ, Flors V, García-Agustín P, Jakab G, Mauch F, Newman MA, Pieterse CM, Poinssot B, Pozo MJ, Pugin A, Schaffrath U, Ton J, Wendehenne D, Zimmerli L, Mauch-Mani B.
Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2006 Oct; 19 (10):1062-71. Review.


Nonhost resistance of barley is successfully manifested against Magnaporthe grisea and a closely related Pennisetum-infecting lineage but is overcome by Magnaporthe oryzae.
Zellerhoff N, Jarosch B, Groenewald JZ, Crous PW, Schaffrath U.
Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2006 Sep; 19 (9):1014-22.


RAR1, ROR1, and the actin cytoskeleton contribute to basal resistance to Magnaporthe grisea in barley.
Jarosch B, Collins NC, Zellerhoff N, Schaffrath U.
Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2005 May; 18 (5):397-404.



Over-expression of chloroplastic lipoxygenase RCI1 causes PR1 transcript accumulation in transiently transformed rice
Zabbai F, Jarosch B, Schaffrath U
Physiol Mol Plant Pathol 2006 Jan; 64 (1): 37-43.   



Acquired resistance functions in mlo barley, which is hypersusceptible to Magnaporthe grisea.
Jarosch B, Jansen M, Schaffrath U.
Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2003 Feb; 16 (2):107-14.


The barley MLO modulator of defense and cell death is responsive to biotic and abiotic stress stimuli.
Piffanelli P, Zhou F, Casais C, Orme J, Jarosch B, Schaffrath U, Collins NC, Panstruga R, Schulze-Lefert P.
Plant Physiol. 2002 Jul; 129 (3):1076-85.


Characterization of RCI-1, a chloroplastic rice lipoxygenase whose synthesis is induced by chemical plant resistance activators.
Schaffrath U, Zabbai F, Dudler R.
Eur J Biochem. 2000 Oct; 267 (19):5935-42.


Constitutive expression of the defense-related Rir1b gene in transgenic rice plants confers enhanced resistance to the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe grisea.
Schaffrath U, Mauch F, Freydl E, Schweizer P, Dudler R.
Plant Mol Biol. 2000 May; 43 (1):59-66.


The ambivalence of the barley Mlo locus: Mutations conferring resistance against powdery mildew (Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei) enhance susceptibility to the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe grisea
Jarosch B, Kogel KH, Schaffrath U
Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 1999 Jun; 12 (6): 508-514.


Different patterns of host genes are induced in rice by Pseudomonas syringae, a biological inducer of resistance, and the chemical inducer benzothiadiazole (BTH)
Schweizer P, Schlagenhauf E, Schaffrath U, Dudler R.
Eur J Plant Pathol 1999; 105 (7): 659-665.  


Characterization of the rice pathogen-related protein Rir1a and regulation of the corresponding gene.
Mauch F, Reimmann C, Freydl E, Schaffrath U, Dudler R.
Plant Mol Biol. 1998 Nov 1;38(4):577-86.


Mechanosensitive expression of a lipoxygenase gene in wheat.
Mauch F, Kmecl A, Schaffrath U, Volrath S, Görlach J, Ward E, Ryals J, Dudler R.
Plant Physiol. 1997 Aug;114(4):1561-6.


Evidence for different signaling pathways activated by inducers of acquired resistance in wheat
Schaffrath U, Freydl E, Dudler R
Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 1997 Aug; 10 (6): 779-783.   


Schaffrath U, Scheinpflug H, Reisener HJ
Physiol Mol Plant Pathol 1995 Apr; 46 (4): 293-307.

PD Dr. Ulrich Schaffrath