Dr. Jonathan Griffiths

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Research Scientist

I am a molecular plant biologist and virologist who studies viral diseases of tree fruits, grapevines, small berries, and tomatoes.

Current research and/or projects

I employ molecular biology and genomics approaches to study the interactions between plant viruses and fruit crops. Major research areas include approaches to surveying viral extent and diversity in agricultural settings, studying the molecular nature of viral infection in stone fruits and tomatoes, and development of resistance to major viral diseases in stone fruits and tomatoes.

Research and/or project statements

Current projects:

-Plant virus surveillance using bees

-Investigating the cause of tree fruit decline

-Development of resistance to Plum pox virus in peach

-Development of resistance to Tomato brown rugose fruit virus

-Genomics of grapevine viruses

Education and awards

Ph.D. UBC Botany, 2013

AgreenSkills post-doctoral Fellowship, Marie Curie Co-fund, 2015-2017

Key publications

  1. Raghupathy, M.B., Griffiths, J.S., Stobbs, L.W., Brown, D.C.W., Brandle, J.E., and Wang, A.M. (2006). "Transfection of Arabidopsis protoplast with a Plum pox virus (PPV) infectious clone for studying early molecular events associated with PPV infection.", Journal of Virological Methods, 136(1-2), pp. 147-153.

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  2. Wang, A.M., Raghupathy, M.B., Griffiths, J.S., Chen, L., and Huang, T.-S. (2005). "Understanding of molecular PPV-host interactions and development of novel strategies against PPV.", 2005 Annual meeting, NE1006: Eradication, Containment and/or Management of Plum Pox Disease (Sharka), Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, October 25-27, 2005.

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  3. Raghupathy, M.B., Griffiths, J.S., Chen, L., Stobbs, L.W., Brown, D.C.W., Brandle, J.E., and Wang, A.M. (2005). "Isolation of Arabidopsis protoplasts for studying gene expression in response to Plum pox virus infection.", 2005 Annual meeting, NE1006: Eradication, Containment and/or Management of Plum Pox Disease (Sharka), Niagara Falls, ON, Canada, October 25-27, 2005.

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  4. Wu, K., Griffiths, J.S., and McKellar, R.C. (2000). "A comparison of the Bioscreen method and microscopy for the determination of lag times of individual cells of Listeria monocytogenes.", Letters in Applied Microbiology, 30(6), pp. 468-472.

    2000 - View publication details

Research facility

1391 Sandford Street
London, ON N5V 4T3
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor, Brock University

Associate Editor, Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology

Language

English
French