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Ramesh Raju Vetukuri

Ramesh Vetukuri
Associate Professor / Docent


I am interested in plant-pathogen interactions with a focus on developing new and sustainable ways to control plant diseases. I currently work at the Department of Plant Breeding, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. My work is focussed on pathogen effectors including small RNAs that manipulate host cell structure or functions to facilitate infection and/or trigger defense responses.

 I am currently focused on the following projects:

• Exploiting the biological activity of Bacterial, Fungal endophytes, and biocontrol agents for disease control.

• Comparative genomics and transcriptomics of diverse and understudied fungal and oomycetes.

• Environmental and ecological analysis of microbiome diversity, pathogenicity, and community interactions in the soil and/or leaf microbiome.

Selected publications

Vetukuri RR, Masini L, McDougal R, Panda P, de Zinger L, Brus-Szkalej M, Lankinen Å, Grenville-Briggs LJ (2020) The presence of Phytophthora infestans in the rhizosphere of a wild Solanum species may contribute to off-season survival and pathogenicity. Applied Soil Ecology 148:103475.

Muthusamy S, Vetukuri RR, Lundgren A, Ganji S, Zhu L, Brodelius PE, Kanagarajan S (2020). Transient expression and purification of β-caryophyllene synthase in Nicotiana benthamiana to produce β-caryophyllene in vitro. PeerJ 8:e8904

Tzelepis G, Hodén KP, Fogelqvist J, Åsman AKM, Vetukuri RR, Dixelius C (2020) Dominance of Mating Type A1 and Indication of Epigenetic Effects During Early Stages of Mating in Phytophthora infestans. Frontiers in Microbiology 11.

Larsson Herrera S, Tha C, Vetukuri RR, Knight A, Grenville-Briggs LJ, Tasin M. (2020) Monitoring and discrimination of Pandemis moths in apple orchards using semiochemicals, wing pattern morphology and DNA barcoding. Crop Protection doi:

Kalyandurg PB, Tahmasebi A, Vetukuri RR, Kushwaha SK, Lezzhov AA, Solovyev AG, Grenville-Briggs LJ, Savenkov EI (2019) Efficient RNA silencing suppression activity of Potato Mop-Top Virus 8K protein is driven by variability and positive selection. Virology.

Liu Q, Vetukuri RR, Xu W, Xu X (2019) Transcriptomic Responses of Dove Tree (Davidia involucrata Baill.) to Heat Stress at the Seedling Stage. Forests.

Vetukuri RR, Tripathy S, Malar C M, Panda A, Kushwaha SK, Chawade A, Andreasson E, Grenville-Briggs LJ, Whisson SC (2018) Draft genome sequence for the tree pathogen Phytophthora plurivora. Genome Biology and Evolution 2018:evy162-evy162.

Vetukuri RR, Kushwaha SK, Sen D, Whisson SC, Lamour KH, Grenville-Briggs LJ (2018) Draft genome of the oomycete taro pathogen Phytophthora colocasiae. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions,

Minina EA, Moschou PN, Vetukuri RR, Sanchez VV , Cardoso C, Liu Q , Elander PH, Dalman k , Beganovic M, Lindberg JY, Marmon S , Shabala L, Suarez MF, Ljung k,  Novák O, Shabala S, Stymne S, Hofius D, Bozhkov PV (2018) Transcriptional stimulation of rate-limiting components of the autophagic pathway improves plant fitness. Journal of Experimental Botany. doi: 10.1093/jxb/ery010.

Vetukuri RR, Whisson SC, Grenville-Briggs LJ (2017) Phytophthora infestans effector Pi14054 is a novel candidate suppressor of host silencing mechanisms. European Journal of Plant Pathology. DOI 10.1007/s10658-017-1222-9.

Rur, M Rämert B, Hökeberg M, Vetukuri RR, Grenville-Briggs L, Liljeroth E (2017) Screening of Alternative Products for Integrated Pest Management of Cucumber Powdery Mildew in Sweden. European Journal of Plant Pathology.

Grenville-Briggs LJ, Kushwaha SK, Cleary MR, Witzell J, Savenkov EI, Whisson SC, Chawade A, Vetukuri RR (2017) Draft Genome of the Oomycete pathogen Phytophthora cactorum Strain LV007 isolated from European Beech. Genomics Data.

Kushwaha SK*, Vetukuri RR*, Grenville-Briggs LJ (2017) Draft Genome Sequence of the Mycoparasitic Oomycete Pythium oligandrum Strain CBS 530.74. Genome announcements.*Joint first author

Kushwaha SK*, Vetukuri RR*, Grenville-Briggs LJ (2017) Draft Genome of Biocontrol Agent Pythium periplocum Strain CBS 532.74. Genome announcements. doi:10.1125/genomeA.00057-17 *Joint first author

Cleary MR, Blomquist M, Vetukuri RR, Böhlenius H, Witzell J (2017) Susceptibility of Phytophthora cambivora, P. plurivora and P. cactorum to common tree species in Sweden. Forest pathology. DOI: 10.1111/efp.12329

Löbmann MT, Vetukuri RR, Zinger LD, Alsanius BW, Grenville-Briggs LJ, Walter AJ (2016) The occurrence of pathogen suppressive soils in Sweden in relation to soil biota, soil properties, and farming practices. Applied Soil Ecology.

Åsman AK, Fogelqvist J, Vetukuri RR, Dixelius C (2016) Phytophthora infestans Argonaute 1 binds microRNA and small RNAs from effector genes and transposable elements. New Phytol. 211(3):993-1007. doi: 10.1111/nph.13946. Epub 2016 Mar 24.

Burra DD, Vetukuri RR, Resjö S, Grenville-Briggs LJ, Andreasson E (2015) RNAseq and Proteomics for Analysing Complex Oomycete Plant Interactions. Curr Issues Mol Biol. 19:73-88.

Lukhovitskaya NI, Cowan GH, Vetukuri RR, Tilsner J, Torrance L, Savenkov EI (2015) Importin-α mediated nucleolar localisation of potato mop-top virus TRIPLE GENE BLOCK1 (TGB1) protein facilitates virus systemic movement, whereas TGB1 self-interaction is required for cell-to-cell movement in Nicotiana benthamiana. Plant Physiology 167: 738-752.

Jahan SN, Åsman AKM, Corcoran P, Fogelqvist J, Vetukuri RR, Dixelius C (2015) Plant-mediated gene silencing restricts growth of the potato late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans J. Exp. Bot., doi: 10.1093/jxb/erv094

Lukhovitskaya NI*, Vetukuri RR*, Sama I, Thaduri S, Solovyev AG, and Savenkov EI (2014) A viral transcription factor exhibits antiviral RNA silencing suppression activity independent of its nuclear localization. J. Gen. Virol. doi10.1099/vir.0.067884-0 *Joint first author

Munch D, Teh O-K, Malinovsky FG, Liu Q, Vetukuri RR, El Kasmi F, Brodersen P, Hara-Nishimura I, Dangl JL, Petersen M, Mundy J, Hofius D (2015) Retromer Contributes to Immunity-Associated Cell Death in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell. doi:

Åsman* AKM, Vetukuri RR*, Jahan SN, Fogelqvist J, Avrova AO, Whisson SC, Dixelius C (2014) Fragmentation of tRNA in Phytophthora infestans asexual life cycle stages and during host plant infection. BMC Microbiology 14:308. *Joint first author

Vetukuri RR, Åsman AKM, Jahan SN, Avrova AO, Whisson SC, Dixelius C (2013) Phenotypic diversification by gene silencing in Phytophthora plant pathogens. Communicative & Integrative Biology, 6:e25890.

Vetukuri RR, Åsman AKM, Tellgren-Roth C, Jahan SN, Reimegård J, Fogelqvist J, Savenkov EI, Söderbom F, Avrova AO, Whisson SC, Dixelius C (2012) Evidence for small RNAs Homologous to Effector-Encoding Genes and Transposable Elements in the Oomycete Phytophthora infestans. PLoS ONE 7(12): e51399. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051399

Whisson SC, Vetukuri RR, Avrova AO, and Dixelius C. (2012) Can silencing of transposons contribute to variation in effector gene expression in Phytophthora infestans? Mobile Genetic Elements. 2 (2): 110 – 114.

Vetukuri RR, Zhendong T, Avrova AO, Savenkov EI, Dixelius C, Whisson SC (2011) Silencing of the PiAvr3a effector-encoding gene from Phytophthora infestans by transcriptional fusion to a short interspersed element. Fungal Biol 115:1225-1233.

Vetukuri RR, Avrova AO, Grenville-Briggs LJ, Van West P, Söderbom F, Savenkov, EI, Whisson SC, Dixelius C (2011) Evidence for involvement of Dicer-like, Argonaute and histone deacetylase proteins in gene silencing in Phytophthora infestans. Mol Plant Pathol. 12:772-785.

Bos JI, Armstrong MR, Gilroy EM, Boevink PC, Hein I, Taylor RM, Zhendong T, Engelhardt S, Vetukuri RR, Harrower B, Dixelius C, et al  (2010) Phytophthora infestans effector AVR3a is essential for virulence and manipulates plant immunity by stabilizing host E3 ligase CMPG1. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 107, 9909–9914.


Department of Plant Breeding,
Horticum, Box 101,
Växtskyddsvägen 1,
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences,
SE-230 53 Alnarp,


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Telephone: +4640415340
Postal address:
Växtförädling, Box 101
230 53 ALNARP
Visiting address: Sundsvägen 10, Alnarp