Dr Paul Kenton


Dr Paul Kenton


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After graduating in Biology from York I worked for some time as an immunology technician at Liverpool before completing and MSc and then PhD on human placental syncytiotrophoblast membranes as a model for cancer signalling. I then moved to Leicester where I worked in John Draper's group on signalling in the plant wound response with a particular interest in jasmonates with Luis Mur and Claus Wasternack (Halle). I also contributed to work on the roles of reactive oxygen species in plant defence with John and Luis. In 1997 the Leicester group moved to Aberystwyth and I joined them as a Research Lecturer. In addition to my interest in jasmonates, I also worked on the role of cytokinins in defence with Thea Davies and transmembrane movement of salicylic acid with Andrew Clarke. I had a brief sojourn in the Careers Advisory Service creating online resources. I returned to IBERS in 2006 as a Teaching Fellow and latterly a Lecturer in Biology concentrating on teaching cell biology at undergraduate level.



My research interests have, most recently, centred on aspects of plant resistance to disease. This work has included involvement in the following areas 1.The role of jasmonates in the hypersensitive response 2. The influence of cytokinins on resistance. 3. Transmembrane movement of salicylate 4. Active oxygen species and defence responses 5. Basal (avr-independent) disease resistance.


Mur, LAJ, Kenton, P, Lloyd, AJ, Ougham, HJ & Prats, E 2007, 'The hypersensitive response; the centenary is upon us but how much do we know?' Journal of Experimental Botany, vol 59, no. 3, pp. 501-520. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erm239
Harren, FJM, Mur, LAJ, Kenton, P, Smith, A & Laarhoven, L 2007, 'NO provides mainly avr-dependent inputs into cell death mechanisms associated with the hypersensitive response in tobacco' Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular and Integrative Physiology, vol 146, no. 4, pp. S256. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2007.01.644
Atzorn, R, Mur, LAJ, Wasternack, C, Kenton, P & Miersch, O 2005, 'The outcomes of concentration-specific interactions between salicylate and jasmonate signaling include synergy, antagonism, and oxidative stress leading to cell death' Plant Physiology, vol 140, no. 1, pp. 249-262. DOI: 10.1104/pp.105.072348
Mur, LAJ, Clarke, A, Kenton, P & Darby, RM 2005, 'Harpin modulates the accumulation of salicylic acid by Arabidopsis cells via apoplastic alkalization' Journal of Experimental Botany, pp. 3129-3136. DOI: 10.1093/jxb/eri310
Kenton, P 2005, 'There's more to a colourful life than simply sex' Nature, vol 436, no. 328. DOI: 10.1038/436328d
Draper, JH, Kenton, P & Mur, LAJ 2005, 'In planta measurements of oxidative bursts elicited by avirulent and virulent bacterial pathogens suggests that H2O2 is insufficient to elicit cell death in tobacco' Plant, Cell and Environment, pp. 548-561. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3040.2005.01301.x