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Yusuke Saijo

Board Member

Yusuke Saijo is Associate Professor of Plant Immunity at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST) in Japan.

His research interests are in danger sensing and signaling in plant–microbe interactions, transcriptional reprogramming and priming, fine control of plant immunity in fluctuating environments, and endophytic and pathogenic microbes in plants.

As well as a being a Board Member for the Global Plant Council from 2015, Yusuke is also a council representative for the Japanese Society of Plant Physiologists.


Yamada K, Yamashita-Yamada M, Hirase T, Fujiwara T, Tsuda K, Hiruma K, Saijo Y.
Danger peptide receptor signaling in plants ensures basal immunity upon pathogen-induced depletion of BAK1.
EMBO Journal 2016;35:46–61.

Ross A, Yamada K, Hiruma K, Yamashita-Yamada M, Lu X, Takano Y, Tsuda K, Saijo Y.
The Arabidopsis PEPR pathway couples local and systemic plant immunity.
EMBO Journal 2014;33(1):62–75.

Tintor N, Ross A, Kanehara K, Yamada K, Fan L, Kemmerling B, Nürnberger T, Tsuda K, Saijo Y.
Layered pattern receptor signaling via ethylene and endogenous elicitor peptides during Arabidopsis immunity to bacterial infection.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 2013; 110(15):6211–6.