Jurriaan Ton
  • Professor of Plant Environmental Signalling, Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
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PhD, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2001


Publications in peer-reviewed journals (asterisks indicate senior corresponding authorship):
• Dutton C, Hõrak H, Hepworth H, Mitchell, A, Ton J, Hunt L & Gray JE.* (2019). Bacterial infection systemically suppresses stomatal density. Plant Cell Environ. in press.
• Cotton TEA, Pétriacq P, Cameron DD, Meselmani MA, Schwarzenbacher R, Rolfe SA* & Ton J* (2019) Metabolic regulation of the maize rhizobiome by benzoxazinoids. ISME J, in press, doi: 10.1038/s41396-019-0375-2.
• Furci L, Jain R, Stassen J, Berkowitz O, Whelan J, Roquis D, Baillet V, Colot V, Johannes F & Ton J* (2019) Identification and characterisation of hypomethylated DNA loci controlling quantitative resistance in Arabidopsis. eLife, 8: 40655.
• Williams A, Pétriacq P, Beerling DJ, Cotton TEA & Ton J* (2018) Impacts of Atmospheric CO2 and Soil Nutritional Value on Plant Responses to Rhizosphere Colonization by Soil Bacteria. Front. Plant Sci. 9: 1493.
• Stassen JHM, López-Sánchez A, Jain R, Pascual-Pardo D, Luna E, Smith L. & Ton, J* (2018). Global impacts of transgenerational acquired resistance on DNA methylation in Arabidopsis. Sci. Rep. 8(1), 14761.
• Mallinson L, Russell J, Cameron D, Ton J, Horton J & Barker M* (2018). Why rational argument fails the genetic modification (GM) debate. Food Sec. 9: 195-210.
• Buswell W, Schwarzenbacher ER, Luna E, Sellwood M, Chen B, Flors V, Pétriacq P & Ton J* (2018). Chemical Priming of Immunity without Costs to Plant Growth. New Phyt., 218: 1205-1216.
• Beerling DJ, Leake, JR, Long SP, Scholes JD, Ton J, Nelson PN, Bird M, Kantzas E, Taylor LT, Sarkar B, Kelland M, DeLucia E, Kantola I, Müller C, Rau G, & Hansen J. (2018). Farming with crops and rocks to address global climate, food and soil security. Nat. Plants 4: 138-147.
• Williams A, Pétriacq P*, Schwarzenbacher ER, Beerling D* & Ton J* (2018). Mechanisms of glacial-to-future atmospheric CO2 effects on plant immunity. New Phyt. 217: 752-761.
• Pétriacq P, Williams A, Cotton A, McFarlane AE, Rolfe SA, Ton J* (2017). Metabolite profiling of non-sterile rhizosphere soil. Plant J. 92: 147-162.
• Horton P, Banwart SA, Brockington B, Brown GW, Bruce R, Cameron D, Holdsworth M, Koh SCH, Ton J & Jackson P* (2017). An agenda for integrated system-wide interdisciplinary agri-food research. Food Sec. 9: 195–210.
• Pérez-De-Luque A, Tille S, Johnson I, Pascual-Pardo D, Ton J, & Cameron DD.* (2017). The interactive effects of arbuscular mycorrhiza and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria synergistically enhance host plant defences against pathogen. Sci. Rep. 7(1):16409.
• Bruce JA*, Smart LE, Birch NA, Blok V, MacKenzie K, Guerrieri E, Cascone P, Luna E, and Ton J* (2017). Prospects for plant defence activators and biocontrol in IPM – Concepts and lessons learnt so far. Crop. Prot. 97:128-134.
• Martinex-Median A, Flors V, Heil M, Mauch-Mani B, Pieterse CMJ, Pozo JP, Ton J, van Dam NM. & Conrath U* (2016). Recognizing Plant Defense Priming. Trends Plant Sci., 21:818-822.
• Petriacq, P*., Ton, J., Patrit, O., Tcherkez, G.B., & Betrand G*. NAD acts as an integral regulator of multiple defense layers in Arabidopsis. Plant Phys. 172: 1465-1479.
• Lopez A, Stassen J, Furci L, & Ton J* (2016). The role of DNA (de)methylation in immune responsiveness of Arabidopsis. Plant J. 88: 361 – 373.
• Petriacq P, Stassen J, & Ton J* (2016). Spore density determines infection strategy by the plant pathogenic fungus Plectosphaerella cucumerina. Plant Phys. 170(4): 2325-2325.
• Luna E, Beardon E, Scholes J, Ravnskov S & Ton J* (2016). Optimizing chemically induced resistance in tomato against Botrytis cinerea. Plant Dis. 100: 704-710.
• Erb, M., Veyrat, N., Robert, C.A.M., Xy, H., Frey, M., Ton, J., and Turlings, T.C.J. (2015). Indole is an essential herbivore-induced volatile priming signal in maize. Nat. Comm., 6: 6273.
• Schwarzenbacher, R.E., Luna, E., and Ton, J.* (2014). The Discovery of the BABA receptor: scientific implications and application potential. Front. Plant Sci. 5: 184. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00304.
• Luna, E., van Hulten, M., Zhang, Y., Berkowitz, O., Ana-López, A., Pétriacq, P, Sellwood, M.A., Chen, B., van de Meene, M.L., Pieterse C.M.J., Flors, F., and Ton, J.* (2014). Plant perception of b-aminobutyric acid is mediated by an aspartyl-tRNA synthetase. Nat. Chem. Biol., 10: 450-456.
• Luna E, López A, Kooiman J & Ton J* (2014) Role of NPR1 and KYP in long-lasting induced resistance by β-aminobutyric acid. Front. Plant Sci. 5:184. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00184
• Pastor V, Luna E, Ton, J., Cerezo M, García-Agustín P & Flors V* (2013). Fine tuning of ROS homeostasis regulates primed immune responses in Arabidopsis. Mol. Plant Microbe Interact. 26: 1334-1344.
• Cameron D, Neal A, Van Wees SACM & Ton J* (2013). Mycorrhiza-induced resistance: more than the sum of parts? Trends Plant Sci. 10: 539-554.
• Pastor V, Luna E, Mauch-Mani B*, Ton J*, & Flors V* Primed plants do not forget. (2013). Environ. Exp. Bot. 94: 46-56.
• Neal AL & Ton J* (2013). Systemic defense priming by Pseudomonas putida KT2440 in maize depends on benzoxazinoid exudation from the roots. Plant Signal. & Behav. e22655.
• Neal AL, Ahmad S, Gordon-Weeks R & Ton J* (2012). Benzoxazinoids in root exudates of maize attract Pseudomonas putida to the rhizoshere. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35498.
• Luna E & Ton J* (2012). The epigenetic machinery controlling transgenerational systemic acquired resistance. Plant Signal. Behav. 7: 1-4.
• Luna E, Bruce TJA, Roberts MR, Flors V & Ton J* (2012). Next-generation systemic acquired resistance. Plant Physiol. 158: 317-327.
• Ahmad S, Veyrat N, Gordon-Weeks R, Zhang Y, Martin J, Smart L, Glauser G, Erb M, Frey M, & Ton J* (2011). Benzoxazinoid metabolites regulate innate immunity against aphids and fungi in maize. Plant Physiol. 157: 317-327.
• Ahmad A, Van Hulten M, Martin J, Pieterse CMJ, Van Wees SCM & Ton, J.* (2011). Genetic dissection of natural variation in basal defences between Arabidopsis thaliana accessions. Plant Cell Environ. 34: 1191–1206.
• Oluwafemi S, Bruce TJ, Pickett JA, Ton J, & Birkett MA* (2011). Behavioral responses of the leafhopper, Cicadulina storeyi China, a major vector of maize streak virus, to volatile cues from intact and leafhopper-damaged maize. J. Chem. Ecol. 37: 40 – 48.
• Luna E, Pastor V, Robert J, Flors V, Mauch-Mani B. & Ton J* (2011). Callose deposition: a multifaceted plant defence response. (2011). Mol Plant-Microbe Interact, 24: 183-193.
• Bechtold U, Lawson T, Mejia-Carranza J, Meyer RC, Brown IR, Altmann T, Ton, J., Mullineaux PM* (2010). Constitutive salicylic acid defences do not compromise seed yield, drought tolerance and water productivity in the Arabidopsis accession C24. Plant Cell. Environ. 33: 1959-1973.
• Ahmad S, Gordon-Weeks R, Pickett J, & Ton J* (2010). Natural variation in priming of basal resistance: from evolutionary origin to agricultural exploitation Mol. Plant Pathol. 11: 817-827.
• Matthes MC, Bruce TJ, Ton J, Verrier PJ, Pickett JA, & Napier JA* (2010). The transcriptome of cis-jasmone-induced resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana and its role in indirect defence. Planta 232: 1163-80.
• Erb M, Gordon-Weeks R, Flors V, Camañes G, Turlings, TCJ & Ton, J* (2009). Belowground ABA boosts aboveground production of DIMBOA and primes induction of chlorogenic acid in maize. Plant Signal. Behav. 4: 636-638.
• Van der Ent S, Van Hulten M, Pozo MJ, Czechowski T, Udvardi MK, Pieterse CMJ & Ton, J.* (2009). Priming of plant innate immunity by rhizobacteria and beta-aminobutyric acid: differences and similarities in regulation. New Phytol. 183: 419-431.
• Van Hulten M, Ahmad S, Luna-Diez E, Weeks RG, Pieterse CMJ & Ton J* (2009). Natural variation in defence responsiveness amongst Arabidopsis accessions. Commun. Agric. Appl. Biol. Sci. 74: 801-807.
• Ton J, Flors V, & Mauch-Mani B* (2009). The multifaceted role of ABA in disease resistance. Trends Plant Sci. 14:310-7.
• Erb M, Flors V, Karlen D, de Lange E, Planchamp C, D'Alessandro M, Turlings TC & Ton, J.* (2009). Signal signature of aboveground-induced resistance upon belowground herbivory in maize. Plant J. 59:292-302.
• Heil M* & Ton, J. (2008). Long-distance signalling in plant defence. Trends Plant Sci. 13: 264-272.
• Van der Ent S, Verhagen, BWM, Van Doorn R, Bakker D, Verlaan MG, Pel MJC, Joosten RG, Proveniers MCG, Van Loon LC, Ton J & Pieterse CMJ* (2008). MYB72 is required in early signaling steps of rhizobacteria-induced systemic resistance in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 146: 1293-1304.
• Erb M, Ton J, Degenhardt J, & Turlings, TCJ* (2008). Interactions between Arthropod-induced Aboveground and Belowground Defenses in Plants Plant Physiol. 146: 867-874.
• Flors V, Ton J, van Doorn R, Jakab G, García-Agustín P & Mauch-Mani B* (2008). Interplay between JA, SA and ABA signalling during basal and induced resistance against Pseudomonas syringae and Alternaria brassicicola. Plant J. 54: 81-92.
• Ton J*, D’Alessandro M, Jourdie V, Jakab G, Karlen D, Held M, Mauch-Mani B & Turlings TCJ (2007). Priming by air-borne signals boosts direct and indirect resistance in maize. Plant J. 49: 16-26.
• Glazebrook J*. & Ton J* (2007). Biotic interactions: recurring themes and expanding scales. Curr. Opinion Plant Biol. 10: 331-334.
• Van Hulten M, Pelser M, Van Loon LC, Pieterse CMJ & Ton J* (2006). Costs and benefits of priming for defense in Arabidopsis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103: 5602-5607.
• Rostas M, Ton J, Mauch-Mani B, & Turlings TCJ* (2006). Fungal infection reduces herbivore-induced plant volatiles of maize but does not affect naive parasitoids. J. Chem. Ecol. 32, 1897-1909.
• Turlings, T.C.J. and Ton, J. (2006). Exploiting scents of distress: the prospect of manipulating herbivore-induced plant odours to enhance the control of agricultural pests. Curr. Opinion Plant Biol. 9: 421-427.
• Prime-A-Plant Group*: Conrath U, Beckers GJM, Flors V, Garcia-Agustin P, Jakab G, Mauch F, Newman M-A, Pieterse CMJ, Poinssot B, Pozo MJ, Pugin A, Schaffrath U, Ton J, Wendehenne D, Zimmerli L & Mauch-Mani B (2006). Priming: getting ready for battle. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 19: 1062-1071.
• Ton J, Jakab G, Toquin V, Flors V, Iavicoli A, Maeder MN, Métraux J-P & Mauch-Mani B* (2005). Dissecting the b-aminobutyric acid-induced priming phenomenon in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 17: 987-999.
• Flors V, Ton J, Jakab G & Mauch-Mani B* (2005). Abscisic acid and callose: Team players in defence against pathogens? J. Phytopathol. 154: 377-385.
• Ton, J., Jakab, G., Flors, V., Zimmerli, L., Métraux, J.-P., and Mauch-Mani. (2005). Enhancing Arabidopsis salt and drought stress tolerance by chemical priming for its abscisic acid responses. Plant Physiol. 139: 267-274.
• Ton J. & Mauch-Mani B* (2004). Beta-amino-butyric acid-induced resistance against necrotrophic pathogens is based on ABA-dependent priming for callose. Plant J. 38: 119-130.
• Pieterse CMJ*, Van Pelt JA, Verhagen BWM, Ton J, Van Wees SCM, Léon-Kloosterziel, KM & Van Loon LC* (2003). Induced systemic resistance by plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria. Symbiosis 35: 39-54.
• Ton J, De Vos M, Robben C, Buchala AJ, Métraux, J-P, Van Loon LC & Pieterse CMJ* (2002). Characterization of Arabidopsis enhanced disease susceptibility mutants that are affected in systemically induced resistance. Plant J. 29: 11-21.
• Ton J, Van Pelt JA, Van Loon LC, & Pieterse CMJ* (2002). Differential effectiveness of SA-dependent and jasmonate- and ethylene-dependent induced resistance in Arabidopsis. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 15: 27-34.
• Ton J, Van Pelt JA, Van Loon LC, & Pieterse CMJ* (2002). The Arabidopsis ISR1 locus is required for rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance against different pathogens. Plant Biol. 4: 224-227.
• Pieterse CMJ*, Ton J, & Van Loon LC* (2001). Cross-talk between plant defence signalling pathways: boost or burden? AgBiotechNet 3: 1-8.
• Ton J, Davison S, Van Loon LC, & Pieterse CMJ* (2001). Heritability of rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance and basal resistance in Arabidopsis. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 107: 63-68.
• Ton, J., Davison, S., Van Pelt, J.A., Van Loon L.C., and Pieterse C.M.J. (2001). The ISR1 locus of Arabidopsis controlling induced systemic resistance is involved in ethylene signaling. Plant Physiol. 125: 652-661.
• Pieterse CMJ, Van Pelt JA, Van Wees SCM, & Ton J., Léon-Kloosterziel, K.M., Keurentjes, J.J.B., Verhagen, B.W.M., Knoester, M., Van der Sluis, I., Bakker, P.A.H.M., and Van Loon, L.C. (2001). Rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance: triggering, signalling, and expression. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 107: 51-61.
• Pieterse, CMJ, Van Pelt JA, Ton J, Parchmann S, Mueller MJ, Buchala AJ, Métraux J-P, & Van Loon LC* (2000). Rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance (ISR) in Arabidopsis requires sensitivity to jasmonate and ethylene but is not accompanied by an increase in their production. Physiol. Mol. Plant Pathol. 57: 123-134.
• Ton J, Pieterse CMJ & Van Loon LC* (1999). Identification of a locus in Arabidopsis controlling both the expression of rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance (ISR) and basal resistance against Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 12: 911-918.

Peer-reviewed contributions to books:
• Beardon E, Scholes J & Ton J* (2013). How do beneficial microbes induce systemic resistance? In: Induced Resistance: A Sustainable Approach to Crop Protection (Dale Walters, Adrian Newton, Gary Lyon, eds). Wiley-Blackwell. Book chapter.
• Luna E, Mauch-Mani B, Flors V, Garcia-Augustin, Zhang Y, & Ton J* (2012) Impact of environmental factors on PAMP-induced callose in hydroponically grown Arabidopsis. In: Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases (A. Schmitt and B. Mauch-Mani, eds), IOBC/wprs Bulletin; Vol. 83, 2012pp. 105-112.
• Heil M* & Ton, J (2010) Systemic Resistance Induction by vascular and airborne signalling. In: Progress in Botany, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 71: 279-306.
• Van der Ent S, Koornneef A, Ton J & Pieterse CMJ* (2009). Induced resistance - orchestrating defence mechanisms through cross-talk and priming. In: Annual Plant Reviews - Molecular Aspects of Plant Disease Resistance (J.E. Parker, ed), Blackwell, pp. 334-37.
• Ton J*, Van der Ent S, Van Hulten M, Pozo M, Van Oosten V, Van Loon LC, Mauch-Mani B, Turlings TCJ & Pieterse CMJ* (2009). Priming as a mechanism behind induced resistance against pathogens, insects and abiotic stress. In: Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases (A. Schmitt, N. Birch, M. Dicke, B. Mauch-Mani, eds), IOBC/wprs Bulletin 44, pp. 3-13.
• Flors V, Ton J & Mauch-Mani M* (2009). The role of abscisic acid in disease resistance. (2009) In: Signal crosstalk in plant stress responses (K. Yoshioka and K. Shinozaki ed.), Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-13:978-8138-1963-1/2009.
• Ton J, Pieterse CMJ & Van Loon LC* (2006). The relationship between basal and induced resistance in Arabidopsis. In: Multigenic and Induced Systemic Resistance in Plants (S. Tuzun and E. Bent, eds), Springer Science + Business Media, New York, pp. 197-224.
• Ton J, & Mauch-Mani B* (2003). Elucidating pathways controlling induced resistance. In: Chemistry of Crop Protection (Voss, and Ramos eds.), WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany.
• Pieterse CMJ, Ton J, Van Wees SCM, Hase S, Léon-Kloosterziel, KM, Verhagen BWM, Van Pelt JA & Van Loon LC* (2002). Rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance in Arabidopsis. In: Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases (A. Schmitt and B. Mauch-Mani, eds), IOBC/wprs Bulletin 25(6): 9-16.
• Ton J, Pieterse, CMJ & Van Loon LC* (1998). Genetic analysis of induced systemic resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana: association between induced and basal resistance. In: Molecular Approaches to Biologic Control (B.K. Duffy, U. Rosenberger, and G. Défago eds.), IOBC/wprs Bulletin 21(9): 111-115.
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