Jonathan D. G. Jones

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Professor Jonathan Jones
Born Jonathan Dallas George Jones
(1954-07-14) 14 July 1954 (age 61)[1]
Institutions Harvard University
Sainsbury Laboratory
University of East Anglia
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Thesis Repeated DNA sequences in rye (Secale cereale), wheat (Triticum aestivum) and their relatives (1980)
Doctoral advisor Richard B. Flavell
G Dover[2]
Known for Work on R genes
Notable awards FRS (2003)
Spouse Caroline Dean[1]

Professor Jonathan Dallas George Jones FRS (born 14 July 1954) is a senior scientist at the Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich using molecular and genetic approaches to study disease resistance in plants.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]


Jones was educated at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Sciences in 1976 and a PhD[13] in 1980, under the direction of G Dover and R B Flavell. After graduating, he conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard in Dr. Frederick M.Ausubel's lab.[1]


Jones, along with collaborator Jeffery Dangl, proposed the “zig-zag model” for the co-evolution of plant resistance genes and pathogen effectors.[14] 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.[15]


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:

  • International Society of Plant Molecular Biology Board Member 1995-8
  • Plant Journal Advisory Board 1995-8
  • Editor of Plant Cell July 1998 -2004
  • Current Opinion in Plant Biology (COPB) Editorial Board 1997–present
  • Invited Editor for COPB Plant/microbe interaction issue 1998
  • Editor of Genome Biology 2001-2004
  • Founder of Mendel Biotechnology, Inc. that has collaborated with Monsanto[16]


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'.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "JONES, Jonathan Dallas George". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press. (subscription required)
  2. ^ 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, a service provided by Elsevier.
  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 160933. 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 160932. 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 160947. 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 160439. 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. 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. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  12. ^ 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. doi:10.1038/nature02485. PMID 15085136. 
  13. ^ Jones, Jonathan (1980). Repeated DNA sequences in rye (Secale cereale), wheat (Triticum aestivum) and their relatives (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. 
  14. ^ 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. 
  15. ^ 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): 454–451. doi:10.1016/S0968-0004(98)01311-5. 
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