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Herold L, Hua C, Kohorn B, Nürnberger T, DeFalco TA, Zipfel C. Arabidopsis WALL-ASSOCIATED KINASES are not required for oligogalacturonide-induced signaling and immunity.

bioRxiv (



Chu J, Monte I, DeFalco TA, Köster P, Derbyshire P, Menke FLH, Zipfel C. Conservation of the PBL-RBOH immune module in land plants.

Current Biology 33:1-8 (

Wang Q, Fandino ACA, Graeff M, DeFalco TA, Zipfel C, Hardtke CS. A phosphoinositide hub connects branched CLE peptide signaling and polar auxin efflux regulation.

Nature Communications 14:423 (

DeFalco TA. Convergent evolution of elicitin perception by divergent pattern-recognition receptors.

The Plant Cell in press (


DeFalco TA, Moeder W, Yoshioka K. Calcium signalling in plant biotic interactions.

Frontiers in Plant Science 14:1137001 (

DeFalco TA. CNGCs as stomatal gatekeepers in ABA signaling.

The Plant Cell 35: 6-7 (


Noble J, Liu MCJ, Bielski NV, Liu MC, DeFalco TA, Stegmann M, Nelson ADL, McNamara K, Sullivan B, Dinh KK, Khuu N, Hancock S, Shiu SH, Zipfel C, Beilstein M, Cheung A, Palanivelu R. Evolutionary analysis of the LORELEI gene family in angiosperms reveals regulatory subfunctionalization.

Plant Physiology 190: 2539-2556 (


Yu G, Derkacheva M, Rufian JS, Brillada C, Kowarschik K, Jiang S, Derbyshire P, Ma M, DeFalco TA, Morcillo RJL, Stransfeld L, Wei Y, Zhou JM, Menke FLH, Trujillo M, Zipfel C, Macho A. The Arabidopsis E3 ubiquitin ligase PUB4 regulates BIK1 and is targeted by a bacterial type-III effector.

EMBO Journal 41:e107257 (


​DeFalco TA. Friend and foe alike: effectors underlying multi-host compatibility of Fusarium oxysporum.

The Plant Cell 34: 3154-3155 (

Köster P, DeFalco TA, Zipfel C. Calcium signals in plant immunity.

EMBO Journal 41:e110741 (


DeFalco TA. Studying the many faces of FERONIA.

The Plant Cell 34:2572–2573 (


DeFalco TA*, Anne P*, James S*, Willoughby A, Schwanke F, Johanndrees O, Genolet Y, Derbyshire P, Wang Q, Rana S, Pullen AM, Menke FLH, Zipfel C, Hardkte C, Nimchuck Z. A conserved module regulates receptor kinase signalling in immunity and development.

Nature Plants 8:356–365 (*co-first authors) (


DeFalco TA. Inventing the wheel: new insights into resistosome evolution.

The Plant Cell 34:1425–1426 (


DeFalco TA. In or out? The diversity and location of apoplastic RNAs.

The Plant Cell 34:1445–1446 (


Gronnier J, Franck CM, Stegmann M, DeFalco TA, Abarca AA, Von Arx M, Dünser K, Lin W, Yang Z, Kleine-Vhen J, Ringli C, Zipfel C. Regulation of immune receptor kinase plasma membrane nanoscale landscape by a plant peptide hormone and its receptors.

eLife 11:e74162 (


Dindas J*, DeFalco TA*, Yu G, Zhang L, David P, Thibaud MC, Custódio V, Castrillo G, Nussaume L, Macho AP, Zipfel C. Direct inhibition of phosphate transport by immune signaling in Arabidopsis.

Current Biology 32:1-8 (*co-first authors) (


Bender KW, Couto D, Kadota Y, Macho AP, Sklenar J, Bjornson M, DeFalco TA, Petriello A, Farre MF, Schwessinger B, Ntoukakis V, Stransfeld L, Jones AME, Menke FLH, Zipfel C. Activation loop phosphorylation of a non-RD receptor kinase initiates plant innate immune signaling.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 118: e2108242118 (

DeFalco TA, Zipfel C. Molecular mechanisms of early plant pattern-triggered immune signaling.

Molecular Cell 81:3449-3467 (


Thor K, Jiang S, Michad E, George J, Scherzer S, Huang S, Dindas J, Derbyshire P, Leitão N, DeFalco TA, Köster P, Hunter K, Kimura S, Gronnier J, Stransfeld L, Kadota Y, Bücherl C, Charpentier M, Wrzackek M, MacLean D, Oldroyd GED, Menke FLH, Roelfsema RG, Hedrich R, Feijó J, Zipfel C. The calcium-permeable channel OSCA1.3 regulates plant stomatal immunity.

Nature 585:569-573 (

Galindo-Trigo S, Blanco-Touriñán N, DeFalco TA, Wells ES, Zipfel C, Gray JE, Smith LM. CrRLK1L receptor-like kinases HERK1 and ANJEA are female determinants of pollen tube reception.

EMBO Reports 21:e48466 (


Xiao Y, Stegmann M, Han Z, DeFalco TA, Parys K, Xu L, Belkhadir Y, Zipfel C, Chai J. Mechanisms of RALF peptide perception by a plant receptor complex.

Nature 572:270-274 (


Cao FY, DeFalco TA, Moeder W, Bo L, Gong Y, Liu X-M, Taniguchi M, Lumba S, Toh S, McCourt P, He P, Shan L, Ellis B, Desveaux D, Yoshioka K. Arabidopsis ETHYLENE RESPONSE FACTOR 8 (ERF8) has dual functions in ABA signalling and immunity.

BMC Plant Biology 18:211 (

Perraki P, DeFalco TA, Derbyshire P, Avila J, Séré D, Sklenar J, Qi J, Stransfeld L, Schwessinger B, Kadota Y, Macho AP, Jiang S, Couto D, Torii KU, Menke FLH, Zipfel C. Phosphocode-dependent functional dichotomy of a common co-receptor in plant signalling.

Nature 561:248-25 (

2017 and earlier

DeFalco TA, Toyota M, Phan V, Karia P, Moeder W, Gilroy S, Yoshioka K. (2017) Using GCaMP3 to study calcium signalling in Nicotiana species.

Plant and Cell Physiology 58:1173-1184 (

Fischer C*, DeFalco TA*, Karia P, Snedden WA, Moeder W, Yoshioka K, Dietrich P. (2017) Calmodulin as a calcium-sensing subunit of Arabidopsis cyclic nucleotide-gated channel complexes.

Plant and Cell Physiology 58:1208-1221 (*co-first authors) (

DeFalco TA, Moeder W, Yoshioka K. (2016) Opening the gates: insights into cyclic nucleotide-gated channel-mediated signalling.

Trends in Plant Science 21:903-906 (

DeFalco TA, Marshall CB, Munro K, Kang HG, Moeder W, Ikura M, Snedden WA, Yoshioka K. (2016) Multiple calmodulin-binding sites positively and negatively regulate Arabidopsis CYCLIC NUCLEOTIDE-GATED CHANNEL12.

The Plant Cell 28:1738-1751 (

(Recipient of the 2017 Ragai Ibrahim Award from the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists)

Chin K, DeFalco TA, Moeder W, Yoshioka K. (2013) Arabidopsis cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channels AtCNGC2 and AtCNGC4 work in the same signalling pathway to regulate pathogen defense and floral transition.

Plant Physiology 163:611-624 (

DeFalco TA, Chiasson D, Munro K, Kaiser BN, Snedden WA. (2010) Characterization of GmCaMK1, a member of a soybean calmodulin-binding receptor-like kinase family.

FEBS Letters 584:4717-4724 (

DeFalco TA*, Bender KW*, Snedden WA. (2010) Breaking the code: calcium sensors in plant signalling.

Biochemical Journal 14:27-40 (*co-first authors) (

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