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Lang, J.M., Pérez-Quintero, A.L., Koebnik, R., DuCharme, E., Sarra, S., Doucoure, H., Keita, I., Ziegle, J., Jacobs, J.M., Oliva, R. and Koita, O., 2019. A pathovar of Xanthomonas oryzae infecting wild grasses provides insight into the evolution of pathogenicity in rice agroecosystems. Frontiers in Plant Science, 10, p.507.

Cohen, S.P., Leach, J.E. 2019. Abiotic and biotic stresses induce a core transcriptome response in rice. Scientific Reports. 9:6273.

Perez-Quintero AL, Ortiz-Castro M, Wu G, Lang JM, Liu S, Chapman TA, Chang C, Ziegle J, Peng Z, White FF, Plazas MC. 2019. Genomic acquisitions in emerging populations of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum infecting corn in the US and Argentina. bioRxiv. 2019 Jan 1:587915.

Huerta, A. I., Cohen, S. P., Verdier, V., and Leach, J. E. 2019. Molecular genetics of bacterial blight and bacterial leaf streak and their impact on future control strategies. in: Rice diseases: Biology and selected management practices. T. W. Mew, H. Hibino, S. Savary, C. M. Vera Cruz, R. Opulencia and G. P. Hettel, eds. International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines. PDF E-book:

Klessig DF, Manohar M, Baby S, Koch A, Danquah WB, Luna E, Park HJ, Kolkman JM, Turgeon BG, Nelson R, Leach JE, Williamson VM, Kogel KH, Kachroo A, Schroeder F. 2019. Nematode ascaroside enhances resistance in a broad spectrum of plant pathogen systems. Journal of Phytopathology.

Tonnessen, B. W., Bossa-Castro, A. M., Mauleon, R., Alexandrov, N., & Leach, J. E. 2019. Shared cis-regulatory architecture identified across defense response genes is associated with broad-spectrum quantitative resistance in rice. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1536.


Cohen S.P., J.M. Jacobs, J.E. Leach. 2018. Spotlight: In planta bacterial transcriptomics predict plant disease outcomes. Trends in Plant Science,  23(9), pp.751-753,

Zarei, I., Luna, E., Leach, J., McClung, A., Vilchez, S., Koita, O. and Ryan, E., 2018. Comparative Rice Bran Metabolomics across Diverse Cultivars and Functional Rice Gene–Bran Metabolite Relationships. Metabolites, 8(4), p.63.

Luna, E., van Eck, L., Campillo, T., Weinroth, M., Metcalf, J., Perez-Quintero, A.L., Botha, A.M., Thannhauser, T.W., Pappin, D., Tisserat, N.A., Lapitan, N.L., Argueso, C.T., Ode, P.J., Heck, M.L., and Leach, J.E. 2018. Bacteria Associated with Russian Wheat Aphid (Diuraphis noxia) Enhance Aphid Virulence to Wheat. Phytobiomes, 2(3), pp.151-164.

Cohen, S.P., Jacobs, J.M. and Leach, J.E., 2018. In Planta Bacterial Transcriptomics Predict Plant Disease Outcomes. Trends in plant science, 23(9), pp.751-753.

Long, J.J., Jahn, C.E., Sánchez-Hidalgo, A., Wheat, W., Jackson, M., Gonzalez-Juarrero, M. and Leach, J.E., 2018. Interactions of free-living amoebae with rice bacterial pathogens Xanthomonas oryzae pathovars oryzae and oryzicola. PloS one, 13(8), p.e0202941.

Tran, T.T., Perez-Quintero, A.L., Wonni, I., Carpenter, S.C., Yu, Y., Wang, L., Leach, J.E., Verdier, V., Cunnac, S., Bogdanove, A.J. and Koebnik, R., 2018. Functional analysis of African Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae TALomes reveals a new susceptibility gene in bacterial leaf blight of rice. PLoS pathogens14(6), p.e1007092.

Bossa-Castro A, C. Tekete, C. Raghavan, E. Delorean, A. Dereeper, K. Dagno, O. Koita, G. Mosquera, H. Leung, V. Verdier, J.E. Leach. 2018. Allelic variation for broad-spectrum resistance and susceptibility to bacterial pathogens identified in a rice MAGIC population. Plant Biotechnology J (Epub ahead of print). doi: 10.1111/pbi.12895


Cohen S.P., Liu H., Argueso C.T., Pereira A., Vera Cruz C., Verdier V. and Leach, J.E. 2017. RNA-Seq analysis reveals insight into enhanced rice Xa7-mediated bacterial blight resistance at high temperature. PLoS ONE12(11): e0187625

Broadfoot, M. Building a Better Harvest. Scientific American. 317, 66 – 73 (2017). Published online: 16 July 2017 | doi:10.1038/scientificamerican0817-66

Lang, J.M., E. DuCharme, J. Ibarra Caballero, E. Luna, T. Hartman, M. Ortiz-Castro, K. Korus,3, J. Rascoe, T.A. Jackson-Ziems, K. Broders, and J.E. Leach. 2017. Detection and characterization of Xanthomonas vasicola pv. vasculorum (Cobb 1894) comb. nov. causing bacterial leaf streak of corn in the United States. Phytopathology. 107(11): 1312-1321.

Shidore T., Broeckling C.D., Kirkwood J.S., Long J.J., Miao J., Zhao B., Leach J.E., Triplett L.R. 2017. The effector AvrRxo1 phosphorylates NAD in planta. PLoS Pathogens. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1006442

Leach JE, Triplett LR, Argueso CT, Trivedi P. 2017. Communication in the Phytobiome. Cell. 169(4):587-596.

Michelmore, R.W., Coaker, G., Bart, R., Beattie, G.A., Bent, A., Bruce, T., Cameron, D., Dangl, J., Dinesh-Kumar, S., Edwards, R., Eves-van den Akker, S., Gassmann, W., Greenberg, J., Harrison, R., He, P., Harvey, J., Huffaker, A., Hulbert, S., Innes, R., Jones, J.D., Kaloshian, I., Kamoun, S., Katagiri, F., Leach, J.E., Ma, W., McDowell, J.M., Medford, J., Meyers, B., Nelson, R., Oliver, R.P., Qi, Y., Saunders, D., Shaw, M., Subudhi, P., Torrance, L., Tyler, B.M., Walsh, J. 2017. Foundational and translational research opportunities to improve plant health. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions. 30(7): 515-516.

Korus, K., J. M. Lang, A. O. Adesemoye, C. Block, N. Pal, J. E. Leach and T. A. Jackson-Ziems. 2017.  First Report of Xanthomonas vasicola Causing Bacterial Leaf Streak on Corn in the United States. Plant Disease. 101(6): 1030.

Langlois, P.A., J. Snelling, J.P. Hamilton, C. Bragard, R. Koebnik, V. Verdier, L.R. Triplett, J. Blom, N.A. Tisserat and J.E. Leach. 2017. Characterization of the Xanthomonas translucens complex using draft genomes, comparative genomics, phylogenetic analysis, and diagnostic LAMP assays. Phytopathology. 107(5):519-527.

Busby P.E., Soman C., Wagner M.R., Friesen M.L., Kremer J., Bennett, A, Morsy, M., Eisen, J. A., Leach, J.E., Dangl, J. 2017. Research priorities for harnessing plant microbiomes in sustainable agriculture. PLoS Biology. 15(3): e2001793.  doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2001793

Tanger P., S. Klassen, J.P. Mojica, J.T. Lovell, B.T. Moyers, M. Baraoidan, M.E. Naredo, K.L. McNally, J. Poland, D.R. Bush, H. Leung, J.E. Leach and J.K. McKay. 2017. Field-based high throughput phenotyping rapidly identifies genomic regions controlling yield components in rice. Sci. Rep. 7, 42839. doi: 10.1038/srep42839.

Nagel R, Turrini PC, Nett RS, Leach JE, Verdier V, Van Sluys MA, Peters RJ. 2017. An operon for production of bioactive gibberellin A4 phytohormone with wide distribution in the bacterial rice leaf streak pathogen Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola. New Phytologist.  doi: 10.1111/nph.14441

Vera Cruz, C.M., B. Cottyn, M.H. Nguyen, J. Lang, V. Verdier, T.W. Mew, J.E. Leach. 2017. Detection of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae, and X. oryzae pv. oryzicola in rice seeds (Chapter 8). In APS Manual on Detection of Plant Pathogenic Bacteria in Seed and Other Planting Material. APS Press, Minneapolis, MN. ISBN 978-0-89054-539-3.


Ghazi IA, Zarei I, Mapesa JO, Wilburn JR, Leach JE, Rao S., Broeckling C., McClung A. and Ryan EP. 2016. Rice bran extracts inhibit invasion and intracellular replication of Salmonella typhimurium in mouse and porcine intestinal epithelial cells. Med Aromat Plants (Los Angel) 5: 271. doi: 10.4172/2167-0412.1000271.

Triplett LR, Shidore T, Long J, Miao J, Wu S, Han, Zhou C, Ishihara H, Li J, Zhao B, Leach JE. 2016. AvrRxo1 is a bifunctional type III secreted effector and toxin-antitoxin system component with homologs in diverse environmental contexts. PLoS One.

Triplett LR, Cohen SP, Heffelfinger C, Schmidt CL, Huerta A, Tekete C, Verdier V, Bogdanove AJ, Leach JE. 2016. A resistance locus in the American heirloom rice variety Carolina Gold Select is triggered by TAL effectors with diverse predicted targets and is effective against African strains of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola. The Plant Journal 87(5):472-83 doi: 10.1111/tpj.13212.

Triplett, L and Leach, JE 2016. Host mechanisms for resistance to TAL effectors: Thinking outside the UPT box. Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathologydoi:10.1016/j.pmpp.2016.02.002.

Liu Q, Yang J, Zhang S, Zhao J, Feng A, Yang T, Wang X, Mao X, Dong J, Zhu X, Leung H, Leach JE, Liu B. 2016. OsGF14e positively regulates panicle blast resistance in rice. 2016. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 471: 247-252.

Liu, Q, Yang, J, Zhang, S, Zhao, J, Feng, A, Yang, T, Wang, X, Mao, X, Dong, J, Zhu, X, Leung, H, Leach, JE, and Liu, B. 2016. OsGF14b positively regulates panicle blast resistance but negatively regulates leaf blast resistance in rice. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions29(1):46-56.


Booher, N.J., Carpenter, S.C.D., Sebra, R.P., Wang, L., Salzberg, S.L., Leach, J.E., Bogdanove, A.J. 2015. Single molecule real-time sequencing of Xanthomonas oryzae genomes reveals a dynamic structure and complex TAL (transcription activator-like) effector gene relationships. Microbial Genomics 1(4): doi:10.1099/mgen.0.000032 

Han, Q., Zhou, C., Wu, S., Liu, Y., Triplett, L., Miao, J., Tokuhisa, J., Deblais, L., Robinson, H., Leach, J.E., Li, J., Zhao, B. 2015. Crystal structure of Xanthomonas AvrRxo1-ORF1, a type III effector with a polynucleotide kinase domain, and its interactor AvrRxo1-ORF2. Structure. 23(10):1900-9 doi: 10.1016/j.str.2015.06.030.

Campillo, T., Luna, E., Portier, P., Fischer-Le Saux, M., Lapitan, N., Tisserat, N.A., Leach, J.E. 2015. Erwinia iniecta sp. nov., isolated from Russian wheat aphids (Diuraphis noxia). International Journal of Systemic Evolutionary Microbiology. 65(10):3625-33 doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.000466.

Triplett L., Verdier, V., Campillo, T., Van Malderghem, C., Maes, M., Deblais, L., Corral, R., Koita, O., Cottyn, B., Leach, J.E. 2015. Characterization of a novel clade of Xanthomonas isolated from rice leaves in Mali and proposal of Xanthomonas maliensis sp. nov. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. 107(4):869-881.

Tanger, P., Vega-Sánchez, M.E., Fleming, M., Tran, K., Singh, S., Abrahamson, J.B., Jahn, C.E., Santoro, N., Naredo, E.B., Baraoidan, M., Danku, J.M.C., Salt, D.E., McNally, K.L., Leung, H., Ronald, P.C., Bush, D.R., McKay, J.K., Leach, J.E. 2015. Cell wall composition of rice straw varies among environments, varieties, and tissue types: impacts on bioenergy potential. BioEnergy Research. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-014-9573-y.

Yu, C., Chen, H., Tian, F., Bi, Y., Rothstein, S.J., Leach, J.E., He, C. 2015. Identification of differentially-expressed genes of rice in overlapping responses to bacterial infection by Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae and nitrogen deficiency. Journal of Integrated Agriculture. 14(5):888-899.

Tonnessen, B., Manosalva, P., Lang, J.M., Baraoidan, M., Bordeos, A., Oard, J., Hulbert, S.H., Leung, H. and Leach, J.E. 2015. Rice phenylalanine ammonia lyase 4 gene (OsPAL4) is associated with broad spectrum disease resistance. Plant Molecular Biology87(3):273-286.

Wiersma, A.T., Gaines, T.A., Preston, C., Hamilton, J.P., Giacomini, D., Buell, C.R., Leach, J.E. and Westra, P. 2015. Gene amplification of 5-enol-pyruvylshikimate-3-phosphate synthase in glyphosate-resistant Kochia scoparia. Planta. 241(2):463-74.


Yu, C., Chen, H., Tian, F., Leach, J.E. and He, C. 2014. Differentially-expressed genes in rice infected by Xanthomonas oryzae pv.oryzae relative to a flagellin-deficient mutant reveal potential functions of flagellin in host-pathogen interactions. Rice. 7(1):20.

Anderson, V.A., Haley, S.D., Peairs, F.B., van Eck, L., Leach, J.E. and Lapitan, N.L.V. 2014. Virus-induced gene silencing suggests (1,3;1,4)-β-glucanase is a susceptibility factor in the compatible russian wheat aphid-wheat interaction. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions. 27(9):913-922.

Liu, W., Triplett, L., Liu, J., Leach, J.E. and Wang, G-L. 2014. Novel insights into rice innate immunity against bacterial and fungal pathogens. Annual Review of Phytopathology. 52:213-241. 

Lang, J.M., Langlois, P., Nguyen, M.H., Vera Cruz, C.M., Djeking, A., Holton, T., Verdier, V. and Leach, J.E. 2014. Sensitive detection and geographic distinction of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae and X. o. pv. oryzicola by Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification.Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 80(15):4519-4530. 

Ash, G., Lang J.M., Triplett, L.R., Stodart, B.J., Verdier, V., Vera Cruz, C.M., Rott, P. and Leach, J.E. 2014. Development of a genomics-based LAMP (Loop-mediated isothermal amplification) assay for detection of Pseudomonas fuscovaginae from rice. Plant Disease. 98:909-915.

Van Eck, L., Davidson, R.M., Wu, S., Zhao, B.Y., Botha, A-M., Leach, J.E. and Lapitan, N.L.V. 2014. The transcriptional netwokr ofWRKY53 in cereals links oxidative responses to biotic and abiotic stress inputs. Functional Integrated Genomics 14(2):351-62 doi: 10.1007/s10142-014-0374-3.

Fory, P.A., Triplett, L.R., Ballen, C., Abello, J.F., Duitama, J., Aricapa, M.G., Prado, G.A., Correa, F., Hamilton, J., Leach, J.E., Tohme, J. and G.M. Mosquera. 2013. Comparative analysis of two emerging rice seed bacterial pathogens. Phytopathology 104:436-444. 

Wonni, I., Cottyn, B., Detemmerman, L., Dao, S., Ouedraogo, L., Sarra, S., Tekete, C., Poussier, S., Corral, R., Triplett, L., Koita, O., Koebnik, R., Leach, J.E., Szurek, B., Maes, M. and V. Verdier. 2013. Analysis of Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola population in Mali and Burkina Faso reveals a high level of genetic and pathogenic diversity. Phytopathology 104:520-531. 


Tanger, P., Field, J.L., Jahn, C.E., DeFoort, M.W. and J.E. Leach. 2013. Biomass for thermochemical conversion: targets and challenges. Frontiers in Plant Science 4: 218. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2013.00218.

Liu, Y., Liu, B., Zhu, X., Yang, J., Bordeos, A., Wang, G., Leach, J.E. and H. Leung. 2013. Fine-mapping and molecular marker development for Pi56(t), a NBS-LRR gene conferring broad-spectrum resistance to Magnaporthe oryzae in rice. Theoretical and Applied Genetics 126:985-998.

Fletcher, J., Leach, J.E., Eversole, K. and R. Tauxe. 2013. Human Pathogens on Plants: Desigining a multidisciplinary strategy for research. Phytopathology 103(4):306-315.


Boyd, L.A., Ridout, C., O’Sullivan, D.M. Leach, J.E. and H. Leung. 2012. Plant–pathogen interactions: disease resistance in modern agriculture. Trends in Genetics29(4):233-240.

Verdier, V., Triplett, L., Hummel, A.W., Corral, R., Cernadas, R.A., Schmidt, C.L., Bogdanove, A.J. and J.E. Leach. 2012. Transcription activator-like (TAL) effectors targeting OsSWEET genes enhance virulence on diverse rice (Oryza sativa) varieties when expressed individually in a TAL effector-deficient strain of Xanthomonas oryzae. New Phytologist 196(4):1197-1207. 

Zhao, S., Poulin, L., Rodriguez, L.M., Serna, N.F., Liu, S-Y., Wonna, I., Szurek, B., Verdier, V., Leach, J.E., He, Y-Q., Feng, J-X. and R. Koebnik. 2012. Development of a variable number of tandem repeats typing scheme for the bacterial rice pathogen Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzicola. Phytopathology 102:948-956.

Kumar, A., Henderson, A., Forster, G.M.,Goodyear, A.W., Weir, T.L., Leach, J.E., Dow, S.W., and E.P. Ryan. 2012. Dietary rice bran promotes resistance to Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium colonization in mice. BMC Microbiology 12:71. doi: 10.1186/1471-2180-12-71

Gaines TA, Ward SM, Bukun B, Preston C, Leach JE, Westra P. 2012. Interspecific hybridization transfers a previously unknown glyphosate resistance mechanism in Amaranthus species. Evolutionary Applications. 2012. 5(1):29-38. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-4571.2011.00204.x


Hamilton, J.P., E.C. Neeno-Eckwall, B.N. Adhikari, N.T. Perna, N.Tisserat, J.E. Leach, C.A. Levesque and C.R. Buell. 2011. The Comprehensive Phytopathogen Genomics Resource: a web-based resource for data-mining plant pathogen genomes. Database Article ID bar053, doi:10.1093/database/bar053. 

Verdier, V., C. Vera Cruz and J.E. Leach. 2011. Controlling rice bacterial blight in Africa: Needs and prospects. Journal of Biotechnology 159:320-328.

McKay, J.K. and J.E. Leach. 2011. Linkage illuminates a complex genome. Nature Biotechnology 29: 717-718.

Manosalva, P., M. Bruce and J.E. Leach. 2011. Rice 14-3-3 protein (GF14e) negatively affects cell death and disease resistance. Plant Journal 155(1):157-168.

Bogdanove A.J., R. Koebnik, H. Lu, A. Furutani, S.V. Angiuoli, P.B. Patil, M.A. Van Sluys, R.P. Ryan, D.F. Meyer, S.W. Han, G. Aparna, M. Rajaram, A.L. Delcher, A.M. Phillippy, D. Puiu, M.C. Schatz, M. Shumway, D.D. Sommer, C. Trapnell, F. Benahmed, G. Dimitrov, R. Madupu, D. Radune, S. Sullivan, G. Jha, H. Ishihara, S.W. Lee, A. Pandey, V. Sharma, M. Sriariyanun, B. Szurek, C.M. Vera-Cruz, K.S. Dorman, P.C. Ronald, V. Verdier, J.M. Dow, R.V. Sonti, S. Tsuge, V.P.Brendel, P.D. Rabinowicz, J.E. Leach, F.F. White and S.L. Salzberg. 2011. Two new complete genome sequences offer insight into host and tissue specificity of plant pathogenic Xanthomonasspp. Journal of Bacteriology 193(19):5450-5464.

Triplett, L. R., J. P. Hamilton, C. R. Buell, N. A. Tisserat, V. Verdier,F. Zink, and J. E. Leach. 2011. Genomic analysis of Xanthomonas oryzae isolates from rice grown in the United States reveals substantial divergence from known X. oryzae pathovars. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 77(12):3930-3937.

Gaines T.A., D.L. Shaner, S.M. Ward, J.E. Leach, C. Preston and P. Westra. 2011. Mechanism of resistance evolved glyophosate-resistant Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri). Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 59(11):5886-5889.

Feuillet, C., J.E. Leach, J. Rogers, P.S. Schnable and K. Eversole. 2011. Crop genome sequencing: lessons and rationales. Trends in Plant Science 16(2):77-78.

Liu, Y., X.Y. Zhu, S. Zhang, M. Bernardo, J. Edwards, D.W. Galbraith, J.E. Leach, G. Zhang, B. Liu and H. Leung. 2011. Dissecting quantitative resistance against rice blast disease using hetergeneous inbred family lines in rice. Theoretical and Applied Genetics122(2):341-353.

Jahn, C.E., J.K. Mckay, R. Mauleon, J. Stephens, K.L. McNally, D.R. Bush, H. Leung and J.E. Leach. 2011. Genetic variation in biomass among 20 diverse rice varieties. Plant Physiology 155(1):157-168.


Heuberger A.L., M.R. Lewis, M.H. Chen, M.A. Brick, J.E. Leach and E.P. Ryan. 2010. Metabolomic and functional genomic analyses reveal varietal differences in bioactive compounds of cooked rice. PLos One 5 (9):e12915.

van Eck, L., T. Schultz, J.E. Leach, S.R. Scofield, F.B. Peairs, A.M. Botha and N.L.V. Lapitan. 2010. Virus induced gene silencing of WRKY53 and an inducible phenylalanine ammonia-lyase in wheat reduces aphid resistance. Plant Biotechnology Journal 8(9):1023-1032.

Gaines T.A., W. Zhang, D. Wang, B. Bukun, S.T. Chisholm, D.L. Shaner, S.J. Nissen, W.L. Patzoldt, P.J. Tranel, A.S. Culpepper, T.L. Grey, T.M. Webster, W.K. Vencill, R.D. Sammons R.D., J. Jiang, C. Preston, J.E. Leach and P. Westra. 2010. Gene amplification confers glyphosate resistance in Amaranthus palmeri. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(3):1029-1034.

Webb, K.M., E. Garcia, C.M.V. Cruz and J.E. Leach. 2010. Influence of rice development on the function of bacterial blight resistance genes. European Journal of Plant Pathology 128(3):399-407.

Lang, J.M., J.P. Hamilton, M.G.Q. Diaz, M.A. Van Sluys, M.R.G Burgos, C.M.V. Cruz, C.R. Buell, N.A. Tisserat, J.E. Leach. 2010. Genomics-based diagnostic marker development for Xanthomonas pv. oryzae and X. oryzae pv. oryzicola. 2010. Plant Disease. 94(3):311-319.

Webb, K.M., I. Ona, J. Bai, K.A. Garrett, T. Mew, C.M.V Cruz and J.E. Leach. 2010. A benefit of high temperature: increased effectiveness of a rice bacterial blight disease resistance gene. New Phytologist 185(2):568-576.

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