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Simon Krattinger

Assistant Professor, Plant Science

Research Interests

​Professor Krattinger’s research focuses on cereal genomics and plant-pathogen interactions. His group develops novel genomic approaches to unravel the genetic and molecular basis of stress adaptation in cereals, with a particular interest in the perception, signaling and response to fungal pathogens in wheat.

Cereal crop plants such as wheat, rice, maize and barley are of paramount importance to ensure global food security. Disturbances caused by pathogens, pests and adverse climatic conditions pose a constant threat to cereal production. However, our current knowledge of the fundamental molecular processes that make certain cereal plants resilient to these stresses is still limited. Research on the genetic and molecular basis of stress perception, signaling and adaptation is therefore of uttermost relevance but also of great scientific interest.

An important aspect of our work consists in the translation of basic knowledge into breeding, with the ultimate aim to develop highly resistant crop cultivars.

Selected Publications

  • Genomic compartments in barley. B. Keller and S.G. Krattinger. Nature, Volume 544, 424-425, (2017)
  • The wheat durable, multi-pathogen resistance gene Lr34 confers partial blast resistance in rice. S.G. Krattinger, J. Sucher, L.L. Selter, H. Chauhan, B. Zhou, M. Tang, N.M. Upadhyaya, D. Mieulet, E. Guiderdoni, D. Weidenbach, U. Schaffrath, E.S. Lagudah and B. Keller. Plant Biotechnology Journal, Volume 14, 1261-1268, (2016).
  • Rapid gene isolation in barley and wheat by mutant chromosome sequencing. J. Sanchez-Martin, B. Steuernagel, S. Ghosh, G. Herren, S. Hurni, N. Adamski, J. Vrana, M. Kubalakova, S.G. Krattinger, T. Wicker, J. Dolezel, B. Keller and B.B.H. Wulff. Genome Biology, Volume 17, 221, (2016)
  • Molecular genetics and evolution of disease resistance in cereals. S.G. Krattinger and B. Keller. New Phytologist, Volume 212, 320-332, (2016)
  • The maize disease resistance gene Htn1 against northern corn leaf blight encodes a wall-associated receptor-like kinase. S. Hurni, D. Scheuermann, S.G. Krattinger, B. Kessel, T. Wicker, G. Herren, M.N. Fitze, J. Breen, T. Presterl, M. Ouzunova and B. Keller. PNAS, Volume 112, 8780-8785, (2015).
  • A putative ABC transporter confers durable resistance to multiple fungal pathogens in wheat. S.G. Krattinger, E.S. Lagudah, W. Spielmeyer, R.P. Sing, J. Huerta-Espino, H. McFadden, E. Bossolini, L.L. Selter and B. Keller. Science, Volume 323, 1360-1363, (2009)​

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2009
  • M.Sc., Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland 2005​

Professional Profile

  • ​Current: Assistant Professor of Plant Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2017: Group Leader, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2013: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2010-2012: Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, CSIRO, Canberra, Australia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Swiss society for phytiatry, Swiss society of agronomy​