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Simon Krattinger

Department of Plant Science
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Saudi Arabia


Prof. SIMON KRATTINGER Specialises in cereal genomics and plant-pathogen interactions. He is working as Assistant Professor in Department of Plant Science, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.

Research Interest

"Professor Krattinger's research focuses on cereal genomics and plant-pathogen interactions. His group develops novel genomic approaches to unravel the genetic and molecular basis of stress adaptation in cereals, with a particular interest in the perception, signaling and response to fungal pathogens in wheat. Cereal crop plants such as wheat, rice, maize and barley are of paramount importance to ensure global food security. Disturbances caused by pathogens, pests and adverse climatic conditions pose a constant threat to cereal production. However, our current knowledge of the fundamental molecular processes that make certain cereal plants resilient to these stresses is still limited. Research on the genetic and molecular basis of stress perception, signaling and adaptation is therefore of uttermost relevance but also of great scientific interest. An important aspect of our work consists in the translation of basic knowledge into breeding, with the ultimate aim to develop highly resistant crop cultivars."


  • Krattinger SG, Sucher J, Selter LL, Chauhan H, Zhou B, Tang M, Upadhyaya NM, Mieulet D, Guiderdoni E, Weidenbach D, Schaffrath U. The wheat durable, multipathogen resistance gene Lr34 confers partial blast resistance in rice. Plant biotechnology journal. 2016 May 1;14(5):1261-8.

  • Thind AK, Wicker T, Šimková H, Fossati D, Moullet O, Brabant C, Vrána J, Doležel J, Krattinger SG. Rapid cloning of genes in hexaploid wheat using cultivar-specific long-range chromosome assembly. Nature biotechnology. 2017 May 15.

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