Dr Jonathan Anderson's research interests are in:
•understanding plant defence against microbial pathogens
•improvement of disease resistance in a range of crops.
Dr Anderson uses modern molecular biology to investigate both the plant and the pathogen sides of the interactions.
In particular, he studies genes and proteins regulating the defence responses of the model plants Medicago truncatula and Arabidopsis thaliana as well as wheat with the aim of optimising plant defence responses against fungal pathogens.
He also studies the mechanisms used by the fungal pathogen Rhizoctonia solani to cause disease and manipulate the hosts' responses.
Dr Anderson received his Doctorate from The University of Queensland, Australia, working on regulatory genes controlling the responses of the model plant Arabidopsis to fungal pathogens.
He moved to CSIRO Plant Industry in Perth, Western Australia, in 2003 where he took on a focus on legume-microbe interactions.
In 2010 Dr Anderson took up a joint appointment between CSIRO Plant Industry and the University of Western Australia's (UWA) Institute of Agriculture located in the purpose built CSIRO-UWA Molecular Plant Pathology and Crop Genomics laboratory.