Jonathan D. G. Jones

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Jonathan Jones
Born Jonathan Dallas George Jones
(1954-07-14) 14 July 1954 (age 64)[1]
Alma mater University of Cambridge (BSc, PhD)
Known for Work on R genes
Caroline Dean (m. 1991)
Awards EMBO Member (1998)[1]
Scientific career
Institutions Harvard University
Sainsbury Laboratory
University of East Anglia
Thesis Repeated DNA sequences in rye (Secale cereale), wheat (Triticum aestivum) and their relatives (1980)
Doctoral advisor Richard B. Flavell[2]
Gabriel Dover[citation needed]

Jonathan Dallas George Jones FRS[1] (born 14 July 1954) is a senior scientist at the Sainsbury Laboratory and a Professor at the University of East Anglia using molecular and genetic approaches to study disease resistance in plants.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


Jones was educated at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences from Peterhouse, Cambridge in 1976 and a PhD[12] in 1980, under the direction of Richard B. Flavell[2] and Gabriel Dover.[citation needed]

Research and career[edit]

After his PhD, Jones did postdoctoral research at Harvard University in Frederick M. Ausubel's lab.[1][13][14] Along with collaborator Jeffery Dangl, he proposed the zig-zag model for the co-evolution of plant resistance genes and pathogen effectors.[15] He also proposed the Guard Hypothesis, which provides a testable explanation for how plants overcome the large number of arms used by pathogens to evoke disease while having only a limited set of plant proteins to defend itself.[16]

Jones has been Head of the Sainsbury Laboratory from 1994 to 1997 and 2003 – 2009. He is also a Professor at University of East Anglia and has been an editor of The Plant Cell and Genome Biology. Other positions he has held include:

With George Coupland, Liam Dolan, Nicholas Harberd, Alison Mary Smith, Cathie Martin, Robert Sablowski and Abigail Amey he is a co-author of the textbook Plant Biology.[18]

In July 2010, Professor Jones contributed an opinion piece to BBC News Online, outlining his stance on genetically modified (GM) food crops. In the piece, Jones argued that if we are to 'feed the planet without destroying it... we need to use every tool in our toolbox, including GM'.[19]

Awards and honours[edit]

Jones was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2003[1] and has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2015.[citation needed] He was awarded EMBO Membership in 1998.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g JONES, Jonathan Dallas George. Who's Who. 1998 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Bedbrook, J. R.; Jones, J.; O'Dell, M.; Thompson, R. D.; Flavell, R. B. (1980). "A molecular description of telometic heterochromatin in secale species". Cell. 19 (2): 545–560. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(80)90529-2. PMID 6244112. 
  3. ^ Jonathan D. G. Jones's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Hammond-Kosack, K. E.; Silverman, P.; Raskin, I.; Jones, J. (1996). "Race-Specific Elicitors of Cladosporium fulvum Induce Changes in Cell Morphology and the Synthesis of Ethylene and Salicylic Acid in Tomato Plants Carrying the Corresponding Cf Disease Resistance Gene". Plant Physiology. 110 (4): 1381–1394. doi:10.1104/pp.110.4.1381. PMC 160933Freely accessible. PMID 12226268. 
  5. ^ May, M. J.; Hammond-Kosack, K. E.; Jones, J. (1996). "Involvement of Reactive Oxygen Species, Glutathione Metabolism, and Lipid Peroxidation in the Cf-Gene-Dependent Defense Response of Tomato Cotyledons Induced by Race-Specific Elicitors of Cladosporium fulvum". Plant Physiology. 110 (4): 1367–1379. doi:10.1104/pp.110.4.1367. PMC 160932Freely accessible. PMID 12226267. 
  6. ^ English, J. J.; Harrison, K.; Jones, J. (1995). "Aberrant Transpositions of Maize Double Ds-Like Elements Usually Involve Ds Ends on Sister Chromatids". The Plant Cell Online. 7 (8): 1235–1247. doi:10.1105/tpc.7.8.1235. PMC 160947Freely accessible. PMID 12242405. 
  7. ^ Hammond-Kosack, K. E.; Jones, D. A.; Jones, J. (1994). "Identification of Two Genes Required in Tomato for Full Cf-9-Dependent Resistance to Cladosporium fulvum". The Plant Cell Online. 6 (3): 361–374. doi:10.1105/tpc.6.3.361. PMC 160439Freely accessible. PMID 12244240. 
  8. ^ Dangl, J. L.; Jones, J. D. G. (2001). "Plant pathogens and integrated defence responses to infection". Nature. 411 (6839): 826–833. doi:10.1038/35081161. PMID 11459065. 
  9. ^ Foreman, J.; Demidchik, V.; Bothwell, J. H. F.; Mylona, P.; Miedema, H.; Torres, M. A.; Linstead, P.; Costa, S.; Brownlee, C.; Jones, J. D. G.; Davies, J. M.; Dolan, L. (2003). "Reactive oxygen species produced by NADPH oxidase regulate plant cell growth". Nature. 422 (6930): 442–446. Bibcode:2003Natur.422..442F. doi:10.1038/nature01485. PMID 12660786. 
  10. ^ Hammond-Kosack, K. E.; Jones, J. D. G. (1997). "Plant Disease Resistance Genes". Annual Review of Plant Physiology and Plant Molecular Biology. 48: 575–607. doi:10.1146/annurev.arplant.48.1.575. PMID 15012275. 
  11. ^ Zipfel, C.; Robatzek, S.; Navarro, L.; Oakeley, E. J.; Jones, J. D. G.; Felix, G.; Boller, T. (2004). "Bacterial disease resistance in Arabidopsis through flagellin perception". Nature. 428 (6984): 764–767. Bibcode:2004Natur.428..764Z. doi:10.1038/nature02485. PMID 15085136. 
  12. ^ Jones, Jonathan Dallas George (1980). Repeated DNA sequences in rye (Secale cereale), wheat (Triticum aestivum) and their relatives (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 53605533. EThOS 
  13. ^ Jonathan Jones Entry at ORCID
  14. ^ Jonathan D. G. Jones publications from Europe PubMed Central
  15. ^ Jones, J. D. G.; Dangl, J. L. (2006). "The plant immune system". Nature. 444 (7117): 323–9. Bibcode:2006Natur.444..323J. doi:10.1038/nature05286. PMID 17108957. 
  16. ^ Van Der Biezen, E.; Jones, J. D. G. (1998). "Plant disease-resistance proteins and the gene-for-gene concept". Trends in Biochemical Sciences. 23 (12): 454–6. doi:10.1016/S0968-0004(98)01311-5. PMID 9868361. 
  17. ^ Doward, Jamie (2010). "Scientist leading GM crop test defends links to US biotech giant Monsanto". The Guardian. 
  18. ^ Smith, Alison Mary; Coupand, George; Dolan, Liam; Harberd, Nicholas; Jones, Jonathan; Martin, Cathie; Sablowski, Robert; Amey, Abigail (2009). Plant Biology. Garland Science. ISBN 0815340257. 
  19. ^ Jones, Jonathan (2010). "Fussy eaters – what's wrong with GM food?". London: BBC News.