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Professor Clive Ronson

Chair in Genetics, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Professor Clive RonsonClive is a microbial geneticist with primary research interests in how microbes and plants recognise each other and develop a nitrogen-fixing symbiosis, and in microbial evolution by horizontal gene transfer and adaptive mutation.

He is one of two international partners of the Centre for Carbohydrate Recognition and Signalling based in Denmark, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

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Teaching

Clive is the convener of GENE 221 Molecular and Microbial Genetics

Clive also teaches in:

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Publications

Panda, P., Vanga, B. R., Lu, A., Fiers, M., Fineran, P. C., Butler, R., … Ronson, C. W., & Pitman, A. R. (2016). Pectobacterium atrosepticum and Pectobacterium carotovorum harbor distinct, independently acquired integrative and conjugative elements encoding coronafacic acid that enhance virulence on potato stems. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 397. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00397

Muszyński, A., Heiss, C., Hjuler, C. T., Sullivan, J. T., Kelly, S. J., Thygesen, M. B., … Ronson, C. W. (2016). Structures of exopolysaccharides involved in receptor-mediated perception of Mesorhizobium loti by Lotus japonicus. Journal of Biological Chemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M116.743856

Vanga, B. R., Ramakrishnan, P., Butler, R. C., Toth, I. K., Ronson, C. W., Jacobs, J., & Pitman, A. R. (2015). Mobilisation of HAI2 is induced in planta in the phytopathogen Pectobacterium atrosepticum SCRI1043, and involves the putative relaxase ECA0613 and quorum sensing. Environmental Microbiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13024

Ramsay, J. P., Tester, L. G. L., Major, A. S., Sullivan, J. T., Edgar, C. D., Kleffmann, T., … Tate, W. P., … Ronson, C. W. (2015). Ribosomal frameshifting and dual-target antiactivation restrict quorum-sensing-activated transfer of a mobile genetic element. PNAS, 112(3), 4104-4109. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1501574112

Kawaharada, Y., Kelly, S., Wibroe Nielsen, M., Hjuler, C. T., Gysel, K., Muszyński, A., … Ronson, C. W., … Stougaard, J. (2015). Receptor-mediated exopolysaccharide perception controls bacterial infection. Nature, 523, 308-312. doi: 10.1038/nature14611

Chapter in Book - Research

Saeki, K., & Ronson, C. W. (2014). Genome sequence and gene functions in Mesorhizobium loti and relatives. In S. Tabata & J. Stougaard (Eds.), Compendium of plant genomes: The Lotus japonicus genome. (pp. 41-57). Berlin, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-44270-8_5

Ronson, C. W., Hynes, M. F., Ramsay, J. P., & Sullivan, J. T. (2013). Symbiosis islands. In S. Maloy & K. Hughes (Eds.), Brenner's encyclopedia of genetics. (2nd ed.) (pp. 598-600). London, UK: Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374984-0.01497-2

De Bruijn, F. J., Ampe, F., Batut, J., Berges, H., Davalos, M., Davey, M., … Ronson, C. W., … Sullivan, J. T., … Vriezen, C. (2002). Genetics and genomics of stress - Induced gene expression in rhizobia. In T. Finan, M. O'Brian, D. Layzell, K. Vessey & W. Newton (Eds.), Nitrogen Fixation: Global Perspectives. (pp. 75-79). Oxford and New York: CABI Publishing.

Ronson, C. W., Sullivan, J. T., Trzebiatowski, J. R., Gouzy, J., & De Bruijn, F. J. (2002). Comparative genomics of the symbiosis islands of Mesorhizobium loti. In S. A. Leong, C. Allen & E. W. Triplett (Eds.), Biology of Plant-Microbe Interactions: Volume 3. (pp. 325-330). St Paul, Minnesota, USA: International Society for Molecular Plant Microbes Interactions.

Ronson, C. W., Sullivan, J. T., Wijkstra, G. S., Carlton, T. M., Muirhead, K., Trzebiatowski, J. R., … De Bruijn, F. J. (2002). Genome diversity at the PHE-tRNA locus in a field population of mesorhizobia. In T. Finan, M. O'Brian, D. Layzell, J. Vessey & W. Newton (Eds.), Nitrogen Fixation: Global Perspectives. (pp. 66-74). New York and Oxford: CABI Publishing.

Ronson, C. W., & Sullivan, J. T. (2001). Symbiosis islands. In S. Brenner & J. H. Miller (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Genetics. (pp. 1902-1903). London: Academic Press.

Sullivan, J. T., Trzebiatowski, J. R., De Bruijn, F. J., & Ronson, C. W. (2000). The symbiosis island of a Mesorhizobium strain that nodulates Lotus. In E. W. Triplett (Ed.), Prokaryotic Nitrogen Fixation: A Model System for Analysis of a Biological Process. (pp. 693-704). Wymondham, UK: Horizon Scientific Press.

Palacios, R., Boistard, P., Fonstein, M., Gottfert, M., Perret, X., Ronson, C. W., & Sobral, B. (1998). Genome structure in nitrogen-fixing organisms. In C. Elmerich, A. Kondorosi & W. E. Newton (Eds.), Biological Nitrogen Fixation for the 21st Century. (pp. 541-547). Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Ronson, C. W., & Lowther, W. L. (1996). Issues affecting the competiveness of white clover rhizobia. In White Clover: New Zealand's Competitive Edge. (pp. 87-90). Christchurch: Agronomy Society of New Zealand and New Zealand Gr.

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Journal - Research Article

Panda, P., Vanga, B. R., Lu, A., Fiers, M., Fineran, P. C., Butler, R., … Ronson, C. W., & Pitman, A. R. (2016). Pectobacterium atrosepticum and Pectobacterium carotovorum harbor distinct, independently acquired integrative and conjugative elements encoding coronafacic acid that enhance virulence on potato stems. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, 397. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2016.00397

Muszyński, A., Heiss, C., Hjuler, C. T., Sullivan, J. T., Kelly, S. J., Thygesen, M. B., … Ronson, C. W. (2016). Structures of exopolysaccharides involved in receptor-mediated perception of Mesorhizobium loti by Lotus japonicus. Journal of Biological Chemistry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M116.743856

Vanga, B. R., Ramakrishnan, P., Butler, R. C., Toth, I. K., Ronson, C. W., Jacobs, J., & Pitman, A. R. (2015). Mobilisation of HAI2 is induced in planta in the phytopathogen Pectobacterium atrosepticum SCRI1043, and involves the putative relaxase ECA0613 and quorum sensing. Environmental Microbiology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.13024

Kawaharada, Y., Kelly, S., Wibroe Nielsen, M., Hjuler, C. T., Gysel, K., Muszyński, A., … Ronson, C. W., … Stougaard, J. (2015). Receptor-mediated exopolysaccharide perception controls bacterial infection. Nature, 523, 308-312. doi: 10.1038/nature14611

Ramsay, J. P., Tester, L. G. L., Major, A. S., Sullivan, J. T., Edgar, C. D., Kleffmann, T., … Tate, W. P., … Ronson, C. W. (2015). Ribosomal frameshifting and dual-target antiactivation restrict quorum-sensing-activated transfer of a mobile genetic element. PNAS, 112(3), 4104-4109. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1501574112

Reeve, W., Sullivan, J., Ronson, C., Tian, R., Munk, C., Han, C., … Kyrpides, N. (2015). High-quality draft genome sequence of the Lotus spp. microsymbiont Mesorhizobium loti strain CJ3Sym. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 10, 54. doi: 10.1186/s40793-015-0049-2

Delestre, C., Laugraud, A., Ridgeway, H. J., Ronson, C., O'Callaghan, M., Barrett, B., … Wakelin, S. (2015). Genome sequence of the clover symbiont Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii strain CC275e. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 10, 121. doi: 10.1186/s40793-015-0110-1

Dam, S., Dyrlund, T. F., Ussatjuk, A., Jochimsen, B., Nielsen, K., Goffard, N., … Ronson, C. W., … Stougaard, J. (2014). Proteome reference maps of the Lotus japonicus nodule and root. Proteomics, 14(2-3), 230-240. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201300353

Kelly, S., Sullivan, J., Ronson, C., Tian, R., Bräu, L., Davenport, K., … Reeve, W. (2014). Genome sequence of the Lotus spp. microsymbiont Mesorhizobium loti strain NZP2037. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 7. doi: 10.1186/1944-3277-9-7

Reeve, W., Sullivan, J., Ronson, C., Tian, R., Bräu, L., Davenport, K., … Kyrpides, N. (2014). Genome sequence of the Lotus corniculatus microsymbiont Mesorhizobium loti strain R88B. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 3. doi: 10.1186/1944-3277-9-3

Maolanon, N. N., Blaise, M., Sørensen, K. K., Thygesen, M. B., Cló, E., Sullivan, J. T., Ronson, C. W., … Jensen, K. J. (2014). Lipochitin oligosaccharides immobilized through oximes in glycan microarrays bind LysM proteins. ChemBioChem, 15(3), 425-434. doi: 10.1002/cbic.201300520

Kelly, S., Sullivan, J., Ronson, C., Tian, R., Bräu, L., Munk, C., … Reeve, W. (2014). Genome sequence of the Lotus spp. microsymbiont Mesorhizobium loti strain R7A. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9, 6. doi: 10.1186/1944-3277-9-6

Ramsay, J. P., Major, A. S., Komarovsky, V. M., Sullivan, J. T., Dy, R. L., Hynes, M. F., … Ronson, C. W. (2013). A widely conserved molecular switch controls quorum sensing and symbiosis island transfer in Mesorhizobium loti through expression of a novel antiactivator. Molecular Microbiology, 87(1), 1-13. doi: 10.1111/mmi.12079

Sullivan, J. T., Brown, S. D., & Ronson, C. W. (2013). The NifA-RpoN regulon of Mesorhizobium loti strain R7A and its symbiotic activation by a novel LacI/GalR-family regulator. PLoS ONE, 8(1), e53762. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053762

Sheen, T. R., O'Callaghan, M., Smalley, D. J., Ronson, C. W., & Hurst, M. R. H. (2013). Serratia entomophila bet gene induction and the impact of glycine betaine accumulation on desiccation tolerance. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 114(2), 470-481. doi: 10.1111/jam.12052

Kelly, S. J., Muszyński, A., Kawaharada, Y., Hubber, A. M., Sullivan, J. T., Sandal, N., … Ronson, C. W. (2012). Conditional requirement for exopolysaccharide in the Mesorhizobium-Lotus symbiosis. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 26(3), 319-329. doi: 10.1094/mpmi-09-12-0227-r

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