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Dr. Cris Argueso

Plant Pathology

Assistant Professor

Office: C210 Plant Sciences
Lab: E109 Plant Sciences
Phone: 970.491.3054

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Research Interests

Plant Hormones in Plant Growth and Defense.

Courses I Teach

Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

A class on the molecular mechanisms involved in the interactions between plants and pests (microbes, insects and other plants).


Plant Molecular Genetics

A class on plant molecular genetics, methods and techniques in plant molecular and cellular biology, and an introduction to research topics, through lectures and discussions of scientific literature.


Selected Publications

Cohen SP, Liu H, Argueso CT, Pereira A, Vera Crus C, Verdier V and Leach JE (2017). RNA-Seq analysis reveals insight into enhanced rice Xa7-mediated bacterial blight resistance at high temperature. PLoS ONE.

Shigenaga AM, Berens ML, Tsuda K and Argueso CT (2017). Towards Engineering Hormonal Crosstalk in Plant Immunity. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 38:164-172

Leach JE, Triplett LR, Argueso CT and Trivedi, P (2017) Communication in the Phytobiome. Cell 169:587-596

Cohen SP, Liu H, Argueso CT, Vera Crus C, Verdier V and Leach JE (2017). Rice Plants Exhibiting bacterial blight resistance at high temperature suppress abiotic response. Phytopathology 107 (12):2-3

Berens ML, Berry HB, Mine A, Argueso CT and Tsuda, K (2017). Evolution of Hormone Signaling Networks in Plant Defense. Annual Reviews of Phytopathology DOI: 10.1146/annurev-phyto-080516-035544

Watson, R and Argueso, CT (2017) Assessment of Cytokinin-Induced Immunity through quantification of Hyaloperonospora arabidopsidis infection in Arabidopsis thaliana. Methods in Molecular Biology 1569:113-126

Shigenaga, A and Argueso, CT (2016) No hormone to rule them all: Interactions of plant hormones during the responses of plants to pathogens. Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology 56:174-189

Albrecth, T and Argueso CT. (2016) Should I fight or should I grow now? The role of cytokinins in plant growth and immunity and in the growth–defence tradeoff. Annals of Botany 119: 725-735.

Muhktar, MS; McComrmack, M; Argueso, CT; Pajerowska-Muhktar, KM (2016). Pathogen tactics to manipulate plant cell death. Current Biology 26: 608–619

Raines, T, Shanks, C, Chang, CY, McPherson, D, Argueso, CT, Kim, HJ, Franco-Zorrilla, JM, Lopes-Vidriero, I, Solano, R, Vankova, R, Schaller, GE, Kieber, J (2016) The Cytokinin Response Factors modulate root and shoot growth and promote leaf senescence. Plant Journal 85: 134-147

Liu, X., Korner, CJ, Hajdu, D, Guo, T, Ramonell, KM., Argueso, CT, Pajerowska-Mukhtar, KM (2015). Arabidopsis thaliana ATGCN2 kinase is involved in disease resistance against pathogens with diverse life-styles. International Journal of Phytopathology 4: 93-104.

Argueso, CT, Huot, B, Kim, P, Lundberg, D, Halane, M, Serrano, I, Innes, R, Mudget, MB (2014). Plant Immunity: XVI Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions Meeting Report. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 27:1-5.

Argueso CT, Bonardi V, Coll NS (2013) “Emerging Themes in Plant Immunity”. Frontiers in Plant-Microbe Interactions. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00588

Argueso CT, Epple P, Ferreira FJ, Hutchison, CE, To JPC, Schaller GE, Dangl JL, Kieber JJ  (2012) Two-component elements mediate interactions between cytokinin and salicylic acid in plant immunity. PLoS Genetics 8:1-13.

Argueso CT, Raines T, Kieber JJ  (2010) Cytokinin signaling and transcriptional networks. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 13:533-539.

Argueso CT, Ferreira, FJ, Kieber JJ  (2009)  Environmental perception avenues: the interaction of cytokinin and environmental response pathways. Plant Cell and Environment 32:1147-1160.

Argueso CT, Hansen M, Kieber JJ  (2007)  The regulation of ethylene biosynthesis. Journal of Plant Growth Regulation 262:92-105.

Hutchison CE, Li J, Argueso CT, Maxwell B, Lee E, Gonzalez M, Perdue TD, Lewis M, Schaller GE, Alonso JM, Ecker JR, Kieber JJ  (2006) The Arabidopsis histidine phosphotransfer proteins are redundant positive regulators of cytokinin signaling. Plant Cell 18:3073-3087.

Muday GK, Brady SR, Argueso CT, Deruere J, Kieber JJ, DeLong A  (2006)  RCN1-regulated phosphatase activity and EIN2 modulate hypocotyl gravitropism by a mechanism that does not require ethylene signaling. Plant Physiology 141:1617-1629.

Delaney TP, Pierre BS, Li Z, Argueso CT  (2006) Identification and analysis of multi-layered disease resistance pathways in Arabidopsis.  Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions, 5:196-198.

Delaney TP, Argueso CT, Kim HS, Ko JH  (2004) Identification of disease resistance in Arabidopsis independent of systemic acquired resistance.  Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions 4:196-198.

Delaney TP, Argueso CT, Donofrio N, Kim HS, Ko JH, Malamy J and Rairdan G  (2002) Analysis of SAR and identification of other pathogen-induced defense responses in Arabidopsis.  Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions 3:99-106.

Teixeira CMG, Gaziola SA, Lugli J, Azevedo, RA  (1998)  Isolation, partial purification and characterization of isoenzymes of aspartate kinase from rice seeds. Journal of Plant Physiology 153:281-289.

Gaziola SA, Teixeira CMG, Lugli J, Sodek L ,Azevedo RA  (1997)  The enzymology of lysine catabolism in rice seeds: Isolation, characterization, and regulatory properties of a lysine 2-oxoglutarate reductase/saccharopine dehydrogenase bifunctional polypeptide. European Journal of Biochemistry 247:364-71.

SA Gaziola, CMG Teixeira, A Ando, L Sodek, RA Azevedo (1996). Enzyme isolation and regulation in lysine biosynthesis and degradation in developing seeds of rice. International Rice Research Notes 21:27-29.

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