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Dr Rosane Hazelman Cunha Curtis
Bionemax UK Ltd
Rothamsted Centre for Research & Enterprise
Daniel Hall Building
Herts AL5 2JQ


Office: (+44) (0) 1582 938437
Mobile: (+44) (0) 7715138711

Dr R Hazelman Cunha Curtis

Dr R Curtis

Further Information

Read more about Dr Rosane Curtis:

Curriculum Vitae - Summary
(download PDF format)

Publication List to 2015
(download PDF format)

PhD Supervision
(download PDF format)

Profile - Nematology News 2007
(download PDF format)


Previous Work Examples

1) Download PDF of Powerpoint presentation on Nematicidal properties of fruit cysteine proteinases.

2) Poster - secret life of the nematode.



Cysteine proteinase patent
(download PDF format)

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The research on host-recognition processes and on signaling and perception occurring in the plant-nematode interaction has attracted visitors and PhD students to Rosane’s lab in Rothamsted and has led to collaborations and publications with scientists from England and Scotland, Portugal, Poland, Israel, Mexico, Brazil, India, South Africa and Oman.

Projects (PI/co-PI)

1.  Funding from Plant Bioscience Limited (PBL):

  • Nematicidal properties of cysteine proteinases.
  • Engineering the rhizosphere to control plant parasitic nematodes.
  • The effect of jasmonic acid treatment of seeds on nematode infection of plants.

2.  Funding from BBSRC: Establishing the role of IAA and related plant indole compounds in nematode infection: This proposal seeks to provide an understanding of the mechanisms involved in host-recognition in the early events of nematode infection of plants.

3.  Funding from British Council for the UKIERI (United Kingdom India Education and Research Initiative) for the Project: ‘Multitrophic interactions in the rhizosphere and the management of nematode pests and diseases’.

  • Evaluate nematode development in susceptible cultivars untreated and treated with jasmonates.
  • Comparison of host recognition, invasion, development and reproduction of Meloidogyne graminicola and M. incognita on rice and tomato.
  • Role of Host Root Exudates on Nematode Behaviour

4.  Collaborative project: Reducing nematode damage of sugarcane for small- scale farmers in South Africa using induced resistance strategies.

5.  Collaborative projects with Prof. Isabel Abrantes from the University of Coimbra, Portugal:

  • Immunological detection, identification and quantification of Bursaphelenchus xylophilus.
  • Molecular analysis of secretions of the root-knot nematode Meloidogyne hispanica.
  • Investigate the effect of plant elicitors on M. chitwoodii infection of potatoes.


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Areas of Expertise

  • Signalling and perception occurring in the plant-nematode interaction.
  • Identification of novel natural compounds for nematode control.
  • Diagnostic assays, antibody production.
  • Crop protection: seed treatment and foliar spray to induce plant immunity.

Dr Rosane Curtis has 26 years’ experience on research with plant and animal parasitic nematodes. The last 21 years was dedicated to lead research of host-recognition processes and of signaling and perception occurring during the interaction of nematodes with their hosts at Rothamsted-Research, an institute of BBSRC (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council). This research aimed to identify processes with potential for genetic or chemical interventions in new strategies for nematode management. Research showing that blocking amphidial secretions interfere with nematode behaviour and infection of plants and collaborative research showing that fruit cysteine proteinases have a significant nematicidal effect, resulted in two patent fillings in the UK (GB 46082) and in the USA (WO2008087555), respectively.

Research Interests:

  • Understand host-recognition processes between plants and nematodes to identify vulnerable points in the nematode life-cycle that can be used as novel targets for selective chemical and genetic intervention.
  • Identification of plant signals that modify nematode behaviour - Rhizosphere can be manipulated to disorientate nematodes.
  • The use of non-toxic plant compounds to maximise plant protection.


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