Plant Pathology Faculty

Jeffrey B. Jones

Jeffrey B. Jones - UF Plant Pathology
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech., 1980
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg M.S. Plant Pathology, 9/73-5/74; Ph.D. Plant Pathology, 3/76-3/80
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst B.S. Botany, 9/69-5/73
  • Interim Chair, Univ. of Florida, Plant Pathology Department, Fifield Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (1/09 – 8/10)
  • Professor, Univ. of Florida, Plant Pathology Department, Fifield Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611 (6/98 – present)
  • CV


My research centers on studying bacterial plant pathogens. Much of my research focuses on the ecology and host-parasite interaction of bacterial plant pathogens. I am interested in plant pathogen variation as measured by phenotypic and genotypic analyses. Techniques used in my laboratory for studying variation include fatty acid analysis, serology, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, DNA homology and sequence analysis of 16S rRNA. Much of my work has focused on bacterial spot disease of pepper and tomato caused by Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria. I am interested in resistant mechanisms in bacterial-plant interactions. My present approach is to use genetic recombination techniques to isolate avirulence genes involved in the interaction. I am also studying microbe interactions on plant surfaces and in plant tissue in an attempt to determine mechanisms that affect microbe fitness. I also teach the Bacterial Plant Pathogens course.


  • Potnis, N., K. Krasileva, V. Chow, N. F Almeida, P. B Patil, R. P Ryan, M. Sharlach, F. Behlau, J. M. Dow, M. T. Momol, F. F. White, J. F Preston, B. A. Vinatzer, R. Koebnik, J. C. Setubal, D. J. Norman, B. J Staskawicz, and J. .B Jones. 2011. Comparative genomics reveals diversity among xanthomonads infecting tomato and pepper. BMC Genomics. 12: 14.
  • Figueiredo, J. F. L., G. V. MinsavageJ. H. Graham, and F. F. WhiteJ. Jones. 2011. Mutational analysis of type III effector genes from Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 130: 339-347. 
  • Figueiredo, J. F. L., G. V. MinsavageJ. H. Graham, and F. F. WhiteJ. Jones. 2011. Agrobacterium-mediated transient expression in citrus leaves: a rapid tool for gene expression and functional gene assay. Plant Cell Reports. DOI 10.1007/s00299-011-1045-7.
  • Behlau, Franklin, Blanca I. Canteros, Gerald V. Minsavage, Jeffrey B. Jones, and James H. Graham. 2011. Molecular characterization of copper resistance genes from Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri and Xanthomonas alfalfae subsp. citrumelonis. Appl. & Env. Microbiol. 77:4089-4096.
  • Jalan, Neha, Valente Aritua, Dibyendu Kumar, Fahong Yu, Jeffrey B. Jones, James H. Graham, João C. Setubal,and Nian Wang. 2011 Genomics and ProteomicsComparative Genomic Analysis of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. citrumelo F1, Which Causes Citrus Bacterial Spot Disease, and Related Strains Provides Insights into Virulence and Host Specificity. J. Bacteriol. November 2011 ; 193:6342-6357.
  • Hong, M Timur Momol, P Ji, SM Olson, J Colee,and J. B. Jones. 2011. Management of bacterial wilt in tomatoes with thymol and acibenzolar-S-methyl. Crop Protection 30:1340-1345
  • Wang, H., Hutton, S. F., Robbins, M. D., Sim, S.-C., Scott, J. W., Yang, W.-C., Jones, J. B., and Francis,  D. M. 2011. Molecular mapping of hypersensitive resistance from tomato ‘Hawaii 7981’ to  Xanthomonas perforans race T3. Phytopathology 101:1217-1223.
  • Huang, C.-H., G.E. Vallad, S. Zhang, A. Wen, B. Balogh, J.F. Figueiredo, J.B. Jones, T. Momol, S. Olson. 2012. The effect of application frequency and reduced rates of acibenzolar-S-methyl on the field efficacy of induced resistance against bacterial spot of tomato. Plant Disease. 96:221-227.
  • Horvath DM, Stall RE, Jones JB, Pauly MH, Vallad GE, et al. (2012) Transgenic Resistance Confers Effective Field Level Control of Bacterial Spot Disease in Tomato. PLoS ONE 7(8): e42036. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0042036.
  • Potnis, Neha, Gerald Minsavage, J. Kennon Smith, Jason C. Hurlbert, David Norman, Rosana Rodrigues, Robert E. Stall, and Jeffrey B. Jones. Avirulence proteins AvrBs7 from Xanthomonas gardneri and AvrBs1.1 from Xanthomonas euvesicatoria contribute to a novel gene-for-gene Interaction in Pepper. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 25:307-320.
  • Behlau, Franklin, B. I. Canteros, J. B. Jones, and J. H. Graham.  2012. Copper resistance genes from different xanthomonads and citrus epiphytic bacteria confer resistance to Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri. Eur J Plant Pathol. 133:949–963
  • Behlau, Franklin, Jones, Jeffrey, Myers, M., and Graham, James.  2012. Monitoring for resistant populations of Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri and epiphytic bacteria on citrus trees treated with copper or streptomycin using a new semi-selective medium. Eur. J. Plant Pathol.(In Press).
  • Hong, J. C., Norman, D. J., Reed, D. L., Momol, M. T., and Jones, J. B. 2012. Diversity among Ralstonia solanacearum strains isolated from the southeastern United States. Phytopathology (In Press).
  • Balogh, B., E. R. Dickstein, J.B. Jones and B. I. Canteros. 2012. Narrow host range phages associated with citrus canker lesions in Florida and Argentina. European J. of Plant Pathology135:253-264.
  • Gitaitis, R., S Mullis, K Lewis, D Langston, AK Watson, H Sanders, R Torrance, JB Jones, C Nischwitz.2012. First Report of a New Disease of Onion in Georgia Caused by a Nonfluorescent Pseudomonas Species. Plant Disease 96:285-285.
  • Iriarte, F.B., Obradović, A., Wernsing, M.H., Jackson, L.E., Balogh, B., Hong, J.A., Momol, M.T., Jones, J.B., and Vallad, G.E. (2012). Soil-based systemic delivery and phyllosphere in vivo propagation of bacteriophages: Two possible strategies for improving bacteriophage persistence for plant disease control. Bacteriophage. 2, 215-224.
  • Ivanović, M,  A Obadović, K Gašić, GV Minsavage, ER Dickstein, JB Jones. 2012. Exploring diversity of Erwinia amylovora population in Serbia by conventional and automated techniques and detection of new PFGE patterns. European journal of plant pathology. 133:715-727
  • Chow, Virginia, Guang Nong, Franz J St John, John D Rice, Ellen Dickstein, Olga Chertkov, David Bruce, Chris Detter, Thomas Brettin, James Han, Tanja Woyke, Sam Pitluck, Matt Nolan, Amrita Pati, Joel Martin, Alex Copeland, Miriam L Land, Lynne Goodwin, Jeffrey B Jones, Lonnie O Ingram, Keelnathan T Shanmugam, James F Preston. 2012.  Complete genome sequence of Paenibacillus sp. strain JDR-2. Standards in Genomic Sciences 6 (1), 1.
  • Jones, J.B., Vallad, G.E., Iriarte, F.B., Obradović, A., Wernsing, M.H., Jackson, L.E., Balogh, B., Hong, J.C., and Momol, MT. (2012). Considerations for using bacteriophages for plant disease control. Bacteriophage. 2, 208-214.
  • Chen, J.,  EL Civerolo, RF Lee, J Jones, X Deng, JS Hartung, ML Keremane, and R. Brlansky.
    “Candidatus Liberibacter sp.”, Without Koch's Postulates completed, can the bacterium be considered as the causal agent of citrus Huanglongbing (Yellow Shoot Disease)? Acta Phytopathologica Sinica 41, 113-117.
  • Behlau, Franklin, Jason C Hong, Jeffrey B Jones, Jim H Graham. 2013. Evidence for acquisition of copper resistance genes from different sources in citrus associated xanthomonads. Phytopathology (In press) (First look
  • Paret, Mathews Lal, Gary E Vallad, Devron R Averett, Jeffrey B Jones, Stephen M Olson. 2013. Photocatalysis: Effect of light-activated nanoscale formulations of TiO2 on Xanthomonas perforans, and control of bacterial spot of tomato. Phytopathology . Phytopathology 103:228-236.
  • Strauß, Tina, Remco MP van Poecke, Annett Strauß, Patrick Römer, Gerald V Minsavage, Sylvia Singh, Christina Wolf, Axel Strauß, Seungill Kim, Hyun-Ah Lee, Seon-In Yeom, Martin Parniske, Robert E Stall, Jeffrey B Jones, Doil Choi, Marcel Prins, Thomas Lahaye. 2012. RNA-seq pinpoints a Xanthomonas TAL-effector activated resistance gene in a large-crop genome. Proc. Natl Acad Sci. 47: 19480-19485
  • Sharlach, Molly Douglas Dahlbeck, Lily Liu, Joshua Chiu, José M Jiménez-Gómez, Seisuke Kimura, Daniel Koenig, Julin N Maloof, Neelima Sinha, Gerald V Minsavage, Jeffrey B Jones, Robert E Stall, Brian J Staskawicz. 2013. Fine genetic mapping of RXopJ4, a bacterial spot disease resistance locus from Solanum pennellii LA716. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. (
  • N Jalan, D Kumar, F Yu, JB Jones, JH Graham, N Wang. 2013. Complete genome sequence of Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri strain AW12879, a restricted-host-range citrus canker-causing bacterium. Genome announcements 1 (3)
  • Goss, Erica M., Neha Potnis, Jeffrey B Jones. 2013. Grudgingly sharing their secrets: new insight into the evolution of plant pathogenic bacteria. New Phytologist 199:630-632.
  • Lugo, Alshia J, Winston Elibox, Jeffrey B Jones, Adash Ramsubhag. 2013. Copper resistance in Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris affecting crucifers in Trinidad. European Journal of Plant Pathology. 136:61-70.
  • Jalan, Neha, Dibyendu Kumar, Maxuel O Andrade, Fahong Yu, Jeffrey B Jones, James H Graham, Frank F White, João C Setubal, Nian Wang. 2013. Comparative genomic and transcriptome analyses of pathotypes of Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri provide insights into mechanisms of bacterial virulence and host range. BMC genomics 14:551
  • Cheng-Hua Huang, Gary E. Vallad, Heather Adkison, CarlySummers, Elaina Margenthaler and Christina Schneider,  Jason Hong and Jeffrey B. Jones,  David J. Norman. 2013. A Novel Xanthomonas sp. Causes Bacterial Spot of Rose (Rosa spp.). Plant Disease 97:1301-1307.
  • Donahoo, R. S., Jones, J. B., Lacy, G. H., Stromberg, V. K., and Norman, D. J. 2013. Genetic analyses of Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. Dieffenbachiae strains reveal distinct phylogenetic groups. Phytopathology 103:237-244.
  • Shen, Ji-yuan, Denise Tieman, Jeffrey B. Jones, Mark G. Taylor, Eric Schmelz, Alisa Huffaker, Dawn Bies, Kun-song Chen, Harry J. Klee. 2013. A 13-lipoxygenase, TomloxC, is essential for synthesis of five carbon flavor volatiles in tomato.Journal of Experimental Botany.
  • Hu, Y, J Zhang, H Jia, D Sosso, T Li, WB Frommer, B Yang, FF White and JB Jones. 2014 Lateral organ boundaries 1 is a disease susceptibility gene for citrus bacterial canker disease, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 111 (4), E521-E529