Welcome to the blog and hub page of the 2Blades Group in Norwich. We are a translational research site of
the 2Blades Foundation and are embedded in The
Sainsbury Laboratory. Here we work with our colleagues to advance durable disease
resistance solutions to help ensure food
security. This page links to research programs of the 2Blades
Foundation (see below) as well as blogs and curated literature pages from group members.
If you would like to know what it would be like to work in the 2Blades Group, please check out our blog.
Link through to 2Blades project pages and blogs from researchers in the group by clicking on
In the 2Blades Group at The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) we aim to understand the basic biology of
the obligate biotrophic fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi, the causal
agent of Asian soybean rust (ASR). We are using this knowledge to develop and deploy durable and
race-independent resistance in collaboration with industry and the Universidade Federal de
Following a successful programme identifying cell surface receptors against corn stalk and ear
rots, the team now aims to identify and deploy cell surface receptors against Asian soybean rust.
Combined with the existing 2Blades ASR programme, the objective is to develop soy plants with
durable resistance to Phakopsora pachyrhizi.
The 2Blades Masterclass aims to train the next generation of plant science leaders and
entrepreneurs. The 2020-2021 group are the third cohort to benefit from this programme.
Plant diseases and solutions
Curated topics, from rust fungi to new technologies in agriculture by the 2Blades group.