Our four main research themes
Our research is centered around investigating the roles of apoplastic (extracellular) hydrolases. From a plant biology perspective we study the manipulation of apoplastic hydrolases by microbes and unravel pathogen recognition in the apoplast, focussed on Rcr3 and Cf-2 of tomato. From the technology perspective we pioneer ABPP in plant science and use this to study hydrolase activities and provide a collaboration platform for the plant science community. From the perspective of applied science, we control the activities of apoplastic proteases to improve molecular pharming.