Dr Ziad Soufi

Post-doctoral Researcher

Group Leader

Prof. Gail Preston.

Research Area

Molecular Plant Pathology.

Research Description

Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are a conserved group of plant proteins that are implicated in plant disease resistance and tolerance to abiotic stress (Yeats & Rose, 2008). LTPs are induced in response to pathogen attack and display anti-microbial activity towards both fungi and bacteria. The aim of our project is to investigate the function of apoplastic LTPs in plant immune system against bacterial infection, using the interaction of the plant pathogenic bacterium Pseudomonas syringae with the model plant Nicotiana benthamiana as a model system and with common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) as a crop plant 


A) Publications with peer review process

Contaldo, N., Soufi, Z., Bertaccini, A. (2011): Preliminary identification of phytoplasmas associated with grapevine yellows in Syria. In: Bulletin of Insectology 64 (Supplement), 217-218.

Z. Soufi , S. Sakuanrungsirikul , T. Wongwarat ,T. Hamarn , S. Srisink , E. Komor . (2013) : Sugarcane yellow leaf symptomatic plants in Thailand are infected by white leaf phytoplasma, not by leaf yellows phytoplasma. In: Journal of Australasian Plant Pathology 42,723-729.

Ziad Soufi , Ewald Komor. (2014) : Latent infection of asymptomatic Hawaiian sugarcane cultivars with 16SrI and 16SrXI phytoplasmas. In: Journal of General Plant Pathology 80, 255-263.

Abdelaleim ElSayed, Ziad Soufi, Ewald Komor. (2015) : Detection and Characterization of Phytoplasma and Sugarcane Yellow Leaf Virus Associated with Leaf Yellowing of Sugarcane.In: Journal of Phytopathology 164, 217–225.

B) Precontracts with publishers:

Ziad Soufi. (2014) : Phytoplasma in sugarcane. In: Publisher, Sudwestdeutscher Verlag Fur Hochschulschrifte, ISBN-13: 9783838139180. Page count: 164.