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Professor Rob Jackson

Professor Robert Jackson
Job Title:
Head of School
Rob Jackson



Professor of Molecular Microbiology

Areas of Interest

  • Funding from BBSRC, NERC, HDC, The Royal Society, Industry
  • Genetics and genomics of virulence factors in plant pathogenic bacteria
  • Understanding the mechanisms of biocontrol and plant growth promotion by plant growth promoting bacteria
  • Evaluating the lifestyle of pathogenic Escherichia coli on plants
  • Discovery and development of aphid killing bacteria
  • Phage therapy development to control bacterial infections of trees

Member of the Microbiology Research Group

Impact, Enterprise and Outreach

  • Analysis of the microbial ecology of computer keyboards
  • Development of phage therapy agents
  • Service testing of antimicrobial compounds
  • Interviews with BBC 1 Countryfile, BBC Radio Berkshire and BBC Radio Bristol
  • Developed outreach for the British Society for Plant Pathology

Esteem Factors

  • North Middlesex Hospital on a trial for a UV keyboard-sanitising lamp that was tested in hospital wards, also Hypotech, Genus Pharma and Bartletts Tree Experts
  • External Evaluator for European Union COST Action 873 grant
  • Senior Editor, Molecular Plant Pathology; Book editor for Plant Pathogenic Bacteria: Genomics and Molecular Biology and Bacteria-Plant Interactions: Advanced Research and Future Trends
  • Organiser of: Phenotype Microarrays (2009), Molecular Biology of Plant Pathogens (2012 and 2014), Pseudomonas syringae and Related Pathovars (2010), Tree Diseases and Pests (2013)


  • Part 1: Introductory Microbiology, Genes and Chromosomes, Pathology: Introduction to Human Disease, Exploiters and Exploited
  • Part 2: Function of the Bacterial Cell, Animal, Plant and Microbial Development
  • Part 3: Mechanisms of Microbial Function, Systems Biology, Microbiology Field Trip

International Collaborators

  • Dr Vittoria Catara, University of Catania, Italy
  • Prof Jesus Murillo, Universidad Publica de Navarra, Spain
  • Prof Paul Rainey FRSNZ, New Zealand Institute of Advanced Study and Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
  • Dr Mark Silby, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth
  • Dr Stefania Tegli, University of Florence, Italy
  • Dr Vittorio Venturi, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, Italy
  • Dr Xue-Xian Zhang, New Zealand Institute of Advanced Study

National Collaborators

  • Prof Dawn Arnold, University of the West of England, Bristol
  • Dr Chris Bass, Rothamsted Research
  • Prof Michael Brockhurst, University of York
  • Prof Kim Hammond-Kosack, Rothamsted Research
  • Dr Penny Hirsch, Rothamsted Research
  • Dr Nicola Holden, James Hutton Institute
  • Dr Tim Mauchline, Rothamsted Research
  • Dr Phil Murray, Rothamsted Research
  • Dr Gail Preston, University of Oxford
  • Prof Liz Sockett, University of Nottingham
  • Dr David Studholme, University of Exeter

Research groups / Centres

Molecular Microbiology & Plant Pathology

Microbiome and Research Group

Microbiome and Iron Research Group


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Other publications

Godfrey, S.A.C. and Jackson, R.W. (2006) Molecular characterisation of bacterial plant pathogens. In: Molecular Techniques for Soil and Rhizosphere Microorganisms. Edited by J. E. Cooper & J.S. Rao. CABI Publishing, Oxon, UK.

Arnold. D.L., Pitman, A. and Jackson, R.W. (2003) Pathogenicity and genomic islands in plant pathogenic bacteria. Molecular Plant Pathology 4, 407-422.

Vivian, A., Murillo, J. and Jackson, R. (2001) The roles of plasmids in phytopathogenic bacteria: mobile arsenals? Microbiology 147: 763-780.

Original articles

Lovell, H.C., Mansfield, J.W., Godfrey, S.A.C., Jackson, R.W., Hancock, J.T. and Arnold, D.L. (2009) Bacterial Evolution by Genomic Island Transfer Occurs via DNA Transformation In Planta. Current Biology 19, 1586-1590.

Silby, M.W., Cerdeno-Tarraga, A.M., Vernikos, G.S., Giddens, S.R., Jackson, R.W. and 29 others (2009) Genomic and genetic analyses of diversity and plant interactions of Pseudomonas fluorescens. Genome Biology 10: R51.

Aslam, S.N., Erbs, G., Morrissey, K.L., Newman, M-A., Chinchilla, D., Boller, T., Molinaro, A., Jackson, R.W and Cooper, R.M. (2009) MAMPs: signatures, synergy, size and charge influence mobility, perception and host defence responses. Molecular Plant Pathology 10, 375-387.

Aslam, S.N., Newman, M-A., Erbs, G., Morrissey, K.L., Chinchilla, D., Boller, T., Jensen, T.T., De Castro, C., Ierano, T., Molinaro, A., Jackson, R.W., Knight, M.R. and Cooper, R.M. (2008) Bacterial polysaccharides suppress induced innate immunity by calcium chelation. Current Biology 18, 1078-1083.

Giddens, S.R., Jackson, R.W., Moon, C.D., Jacobs, M.A., Zhang, X-X., Gehrig, S. and Rainey, P.B. (2007) Mutational activation of niche-specific genes provides insight into regulatory networks and bacterial function in a complex environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 104: 18247-18252.
Featured in the research highlights of Nature Reviews Microbiology and in Faculty of 1000.

Ma, Z., Smith, J.J., Zhao, Y., Jackson, R.W., Arnold, D.L. Murillo, J. and Sundin, G. (2007) Phylogenetic Analysis of the pPT23A Plasmid Family of Pseudomonas syringae. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 73: 1287-1295.

Matthijs, S., Tehrani, K. A., Laus, G., Jackson, R., Cooper, R.M. and Cornelis, P. (2007) Thioquinolobactin, a Pseudomonas siderophore with anti-fungal and anti-Pythium activity. Environmental Microbiology, 9: 425-434.

Paynter, C.D. Salisbury, V.C., Arnold, D.L. and Jackson, R.W. (2006) The use of bioluminescence for monitoring in planta growth dynamics of a Pseudomonas syringae plant pathogen. European Journal of Plant Pathology 115: 363-366.

Jackson, R.W., Preston, G.M., and Rainey, P.B. (2005) Genetic characterisation of Pseudomonas fluorescens SBW25 rsp gene expression in the phytosphere and in vitro. Journal of Bacteriology 187: 8477-8488.

Pitman, A.R., Jackson, R.W., Mansfield, J.W., Kaitell, V., Thwaites, R. and Arnold, D.L. (2005) Exposure to host resistance mechanisms drives evolution of bacterial virulence in plants. Current Biology 15:2230-2235.

Scortichini, M. Rossi, M.P. Loreti, S., Bosco, A., Fiori, M., Jackson, R.W., Stead, D.E., Aspin, A., Marchesi, U., Zini, M. and Janse, J.D. (2005) Pseudomonas syringae pv. coryli (pv. nov.), the causal agent of bacterial twig dieback of Corylus avellana L. Phytopathology, 95:1316-1324.

Joardar, V., Lindeberg, M., Jackson, R.W. and 28 other authors. (2005) Whole-genome sequence analysis of Pseudomonas syringae pv phaseolicola 1448A reveals divergence among pathovars in genes involved in virulence and transposition. Journal of Bacteriology 187: 6488-6498.

Rivas, L.A., Mansfield, J., Tsiamis, G., Jackson, R.W., and Murillo, J. (2005) Changes in race-specific virulence in Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola are associated with a chimeric transposable element and rare deletion events in a plasmid-borne pathogenicity island. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 71:3778-3785.

Jackson, R.W., Mansfield, J.W., Ammouneh, H., Dutton, L.C., Wharton, B., Ortiz-Barredo, A., Arnold, D.L., Tsiamis, G., Sesma, A., Butcher, D., Boch, J., Kim, Y.J., Martin, G.B., Tegli, S., Murillo, J. and Alan Vivian (2002) Location and activity of members of a family of virPphA homologues in pathovars of Pseudomonas syringae and P. savastanoi.Molecular Plant Pathology 3: 205-216.

Arnold, D.L., Jackson, R.W., Fillingham, A.J., Goss, S.C., Taylor, J.D., Mansfield, J.W. and Vivian, A. (2001) Highly conserved sequences flank avirulence genes: isolation of novel avirulence genes from Pseudomonas syringae pv pisi. Microbiology 147: 1171-1182.

Arnold D.L., Gibbon, M.J., Jackson, R.W., Wood, J.R., Brown, J., Mansfield, J.W., Taylor J.D. and Vivian,A. (2001) Molecular characterization of avrPphD, a widely-distributed gene from Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola involved in non-host recognition by pea (Pisum sativum). Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology, 58: 55-62.

Jackson, R.W., Mansfield, J.W., Arnold, D.L., Sesma, A., Paynter, C.D., Murillo, J., Taylor, J.D. and Vivian, A. (2000) Excision from tRNA genes of a large chromosomal region, carrying avrPphB, associated with race change in the bean pathogen, Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola. Molecular Microbiology 38: 186-197.

Yamamoto, S., Kasai, H., Arnold, D.L., Jackson, R.W., Vivian, A. and Harayama, S. (2000) Phylogeny of the genus Pseudomonas: intrageneric structure reconstructed from the nucleotide sequences of gyrB and rpoD genes. Microbiology: Pseudomonas Special Issue 146: 2385-2394.

Tsiamis, G., Mansfield, J.W., Hockenhull, R., Jackson, R.W., Sesma, A., Athanassopoulos, E., Bennett, M.A., Stevens, C., Vivian, A., Taylor, J.D. and Murillo, J. (2000) Cultivar-specific avirulence and virulence functions assigned to avrPphF in Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola, the cause of bean halo blight disease. EMBO Journal 19: 3204-3214. Specified as a paper of "Outstanding Interest" by Nimchuk, Rohmer, Chang and Dangl (2001) Curr. Opin. Plant Biol. 4:288-294.

Arnold, D.L., Jackson, R.W. and Vivian, A. (2000) Evidence for mobility of an avirulence gene, avrPpiA1, between the chromosome and plasmids of races of Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi. Molecular Plant Pathology 1: 195-199.

Jackson, R.W., Athanassopoulos, E., Tsiamis, G., Mansfield, J.W., Sesma, A., Arnold, D.L., Gibbon, M.J., Murillo, J., Taylor, J.D. and Vivian, A. (1999) Identification of a pathogenicity island, which contains genes for virulence and avirulence, on a large native plasmid in the bean pathogen Pseudomonas syringae pathovar phaseolicola. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 96: 10875-10880. Specified as a "Landmark Paper" of "Outstanding Interest" by Kjemtrup, Nimchuk and Dangl (2000) Curr. Opin. Microbiology 3:73-78.

Arnold, D.L., Brown, J., Jackson, R.W. and Vivian, A. (1999) A dispensable region of the chromosome which is associated with an avirulence gene in Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi. Microbiology 145: 135-141.

Cournoyer, B., Arnold, D., Jackson, R. and Vivian, A. (1996) Phylogenetic evidence for a diversification of Pseudomonas syringae pv. pisi race 4 strains into two distinct lineages. Phytopathology 86: 1051-1056.

Useful links

The Sanger website for the Pseudomonas fluorescens genome

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P. fluorescens genome page

Pseudomonas - Plant Interaction

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