Prof Jan van Kan

Professor of Plant Physiology at Wageningen University

Title of presentation: ‘How to prosper on grape berries: the tricks and treats of Botrytis infection processes’ (preliminary title)

Prof Jan van Kan, Professor of Plant Physiology at Wageningen University in the Netherlands will be delivering a keynote address at the symposium in the theme of Biotic Interactions The preliminary title of the presentation is ‘How to prosper on grape berries: the tricks and treats of Botrytis infection processes’. Prof van Kan plays an instrumental role in the development of fungal model systems such as Botrytis and his insight into fungal-plant pathosystems will provide excellent context for the biotic interactions theme of the conference.

Field of research: 
Molecular genetics, comparative genomics, biochemistry, fungal and plant physiology

MSc degree in biochemistry and plant molecular biology (Leiden, NL, 1983) PhD degree on a thesis, entitled “Structure and expression of virus-inducible plant genes” (Leiden, NL, 1988) Postdoc researcher (Wageningen, NL, 1989-1991) cloning and expression analyses of Cladosporium fulvum effector genes and tomato Pathogenesis-Related protein genes. Assistant/associate professor (Wageningen, NL, 1991-present) Botrytis molecular genetics and functional genomics, with emphasis on Botrytis cinerea virulence factors (secreted effector proteins and hydrolytic enzymes, such as plant cell wall degrading enzymes, proteinases). In recent years expansion into other (host-specific) Botrytis species and other Sclerotiniaceae fungi: comparative genomics with the aim to identify host range determinants, effectoromics strategies for resistance breeding purposes.