Welcome to KAWANO Lab

Earth's population is expected to reach 9 billion by 2050. Plant agriculture must change fundamentally to support this number of people by mid-century. Rice is the most important food crop. Therefore, improvement of disease resistance in rice is a key research goal. Our ultimate goal is to design new plant immune systems to control pathogens. We have been working on immune receptors and the small GTPaseOsRac1, which are major components of plant immunity. A comprehensive understanding of R protein and OsRac1 functions would allow the design of plant immune system to control pathogens. To address this issue, we have been investigating rice immunity as a model system with a combination of several cutting-edge technologies including biochemical analysis, live imaging, and gene targeting.