Crop Science Centre

Driven by impact, fuelled by excellence

Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker

Sebastian received his Ph. D. in plant pathology from the University of Leeds and the James Hutton Institute in 2014. Sebastian was then awarded an Anniversary Future Leaders Fellowship from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council to pursue independent research at the University of Dundee and the John Innes Centre (2015-2018). In 2018, he was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship and established the Plant-Parasite Interactions group at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.


Genome Expression Dynamics Reveal the Parasitism Regulatory Landscape of the Root-Knot Nematode Meloidogyne incognita and a Promoter Motif Associated with Effector Genes.

Da Rocha M, Bournaud C, Dazenière J, Thorpe P, Bailly-Bechet M, Pellegrin C, Péré A, Grynberg P, Perfus-Barbeoch L, Eves-van den Akker S, Danchin EGJ.Genes (Basel). 2021 May 18;12(5):771. doi: 10.3390/genes12050771.PMID: 34070210 Free PMC article.

Recent applications of biotechnological approaches to elucidate the biology of plant-nematode interactions.

Eves-van den Akker S, Stojilković B, Gheysen G.Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2021 Aug;70:122-130. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2021.03.008. Epub 2021 Apr 28.PMID: 33932862 Review.

Plant-nematode interactions.

Eves-van den Akker S.Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2021 Mar 27;62:102035. doi: 10.1016/j.pbi.2021.102035. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33784578 Review.

Toward genetic modification of plant-parasitic nematodes: delivery of macromolecules to adults and expression of exogenous mRNA in second stage juveniles.

Kranse O, Beasley H, Adams S, Pires-daSilva A, Bell C, Lilley CJ, Urwin PE, Bird D, Miska E, Smant G, Gheysen G, Jones J, Viney M, Abad P, Maier TR, Baum TJ, Siddique S, Williamson V, Akay A, Eves-van den Akker S.G3 (Bethesda). 2021 Feb 9;11(2):jkaa058. doi: 10.1093/g3journal/jkaa058.PMID: 33585878 Free PMC article.

How Do Pathogens Evolve Novel Virulence Activities?

Sacristán S, Goss EM, Eves-van den Akker S.Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2021 Jul 23:MPMI09200258IA. doi: 10.1094/MPMI-09-20-0258-IA. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33522842 Free article.

A new esophageal gland transcriptome reveals signatures of large scale de novo effector birth in the root lesion nematode Pratylenchus penetrans.

Vieira P, Shao J, Vijayapalani P, Maier TR, Pellegrin C, Eves-van den Akker S, Baum TJ, Nemchinov LG.BMC Genomics. 2020 Oct 23;21(1):738. doi: 10.1186/s12864-020-07146-0.PMID: 33096989 Free PMC article.

Signatures of adaptation to a monocot host in the plant-parasitic cyst nematode Heterodera sacchari.

Pokhare SS, Thorpe P, Hedley P, Morris J, Habash SS, Elashry A, Eves-van den Akker S, Grundler FMW, Jones JT.Plant J. 2020 Aug;103(4):1263-1274. doi: 10.1111/tpj.14910. Epub 2020 Jul 22.PMID: 32623778

The draft genome of Ditylenchus dipsaci.

Mimee B, Lord E, Véronneau PY, Masonbrink R, Yu Q, Akker SED.J Nematol. 2019;51:1-3. doi: 10.21307/jofnem-2019-027.PMID: 31132003 Free PMC article.

A genomic resource for the sedentary semi-endoparasitic reniform nematode, Rotylenchulus reniformis Linford & Oliveira.

Showmaker KC, Sanders WS, Eves-van den Akker S, Martin BE, Platt RN 2nd, Stokes JV, Hsu CY, Bartlett BD, Peterson DG, Wubben MJ.J Nematol. 2019;51:1-2. doi: 10.21307/jofnem-2019-013.PMID: 31088025 Free PMC article.

The genome of the soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera glycines) reveals complex patterns of duplications involved in the evolution of parasitism genes.

Masonbrink R, Maier TR, Muppirala U, Seetharam AS, Lord E, Juvale PS, Schmutz J, Johnson NT, Korkin D, Mitchum MG, Mimee B, den Akker SE, Hudson M, Severin AJ, Baum TJ.BMC Genomics. 2019 Feb 7;20(1):119. doi: 10.1186/s12864-019-5485-8.PMID: 30732586 Free PMC article.

Job title
Head of Plant-Parasite Interactions Group
Dr Sebastian Eves-van den Akker