Ronnie de Jonge

(Group member from 2012 until 2016)

+32 (0) 9 33 13 537

VIB / Ghent University
Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
Technologiepark 927
B-9052 Gent


Date of birth: September 1, 1984 (Goes, The Netherlands).

September 2012 – present: Postdoctoral researcher, Bioinformatics & Evolutionary Genomics, Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB, Gent, Belgium.
2007 – 2012: PhD thesis, entitled “Role and evolution of fungal effectors in plant pathogenesis”, Promoter: Prof. Pierre de Wit, Co-promoter: Dr. Bart Thomma, Laboratory of Phytopathology, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
2005 – 2007: MSc student, Plant Biotechnology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
2002 – 2005: BSc student, Biology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Useful links



  • Evolution of asexual plant pathogens
  • Fungal genetics and genomics
  • Resistance to fungi within plants and animals
  • Evolution and the 'arms-race' between plants and pathogens

Other publications

Scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals

  • Zhang Z, Fradin EF, de Jonge R, van Esse HP, Smit P, Liu C-M, Thomma BPHJ (2012) Optimized agroinfiltration and virus-induced gene silencing to study Ve1-mediated Verticillium resistance in tobacco. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact (in press)
  • Liebrand TWH, Smit P, Abd-El-Haliem A, de Jonge R, Cordewener JHG, America AHP, Sklenar J, Jones AME, Robatzek S, Thomma BPHJ, Tameling WIL, Joosten MHAJ (2012) ER-quality control chaperones facilitate the biogenesis of Cf receptor-like proteins involved in pathogen resistance of tomato. Plant Physiology (May 30, 2012)
  • Faino L, de Jonge R and Thomma BPHJ (2012) The transcriptome of Verticillium dahliae-infected Nicotiana benthamiana determined by deep RNA sequencing. Plant Signal Behav 7:1-5
  • *de Jonge R, *van Esse HP, Maruthachalam K, Bolton MD, Santhanam P, Saber MK, Zhang Z, Usami T, Lievens B, Subbarao KV and Thomma BPHJ (2012) Tomato Immune Receptor Ve1 Recognizes Effector of Multiple Tomato Fungal Wilt Pathogens Uncovered by Genome and RNA Sequencing. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 109, 5110-5115
  • Klosterman SJ, Subbarao KV, Kang S, Veronese P, Gold SE, Thomma BPHJ, Chen Z, Henrissat B, Lee Y-H, Park J, Garcia-Pedrajas MD, Barbara DJ, Anchieta A, de Jonge R, Santhanam P, Maruthachalam K, Atallah Z, Amyotte SG, Paz Z, Inderbitzin P, Hayes RJ, Heiman DI, Young S, Zeng Q, Engels R, Galagan J, Cuomo C, Dobinson KF and Ma LJ (2011). Comparative genomics yields insights into niche adaptation of plant vascular wilt pathogens. PLoS Pathogens 7: e1002137
  • de Jonge R, Bolton MD and Thomma BPHJ (2011) How filamentous pathogens co-opt plants; the ins and outs of fungal effectors. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 14: 400-406
  • de Jonge R, van Esse HP, Kombrink A, Shinya Y, Desaki Y, Bours R, van der Krol S, Shibuya N, Joosten MHAJ and Thomma BPHJ (2010) Conserved fungal LysM Effector Ecp6 inhibits chitin-triggered immunity in plants. Science 329: 953-955
  • de Jonge R and Thomma BPHJ (2009) Fungal LysM effectors: extinguishers of host immunity? Trends in Microbiology 17: 151-157
  • *Ellendorff U, *Fradin EF, *de Jonge R and Thomma BPHJ (2009) RNA silencing is required for Arabidopsis defence against Verticillium wilt disease. Journal of Experimental Botany 60: 591-602
  • *Bolton MD, *van Esse HP, *Vossen JH, de Jonge R, Stergiopoulos I, Stulemeijer IJE, van den Berg GCM, Borrás-Hidalgo O, Dekker HL, de Koster CG, de Wit PJGM, Joosten MHAJ and Thomma BPHJ (2008) The novel Cladosporium fulvum lysin motif effector Ecp6 is a virulence factor with orthologues in other fungal species. Molecular Microbiology 69: 119-136

Book chapters

  • de Jonge R, (2012) In silico identification and characterization of effector catalogs. Methods in Molecular Biology 835: 415-425

*Shared first author


(4) Ebert, M.K., Faino, L., Rivera-Varas, V., de Jonge, R., Van de Peer, Y., Thomma, B. PHJ., Secor, G.A., D. Bolton, M. (2016) RNA-Sequencing of Cercospora beticola DMI-sensitive and -resistant isolates after treatment with tetraconazole identifies common and contrasting pathway induction. Fungal Genetics and Biology 92:1-13.

(3) Jelen, V., de Jonge, R., Van de Peer, Y., Javornik, B., Jakše, J. (2016) Complete mitochondrial genome of the Verticillium-wilt causing plant pathogen Verticillium nonalfalfae. PLoS One 11(2):e0148525.

(2) Crauwels, S., Van Assche, A., de Jonge, R., Borneman, A. R., Verreth, C., Troels, P., De Samblanx, G., Marchal, K., Van de Peer, Y., Willems, A., Verstrepen, K.J., Curtin, C. D., Lievens, S. . (2015) Comparative phenomics and targeted use of genomics reveals variation in carbon and nitrogen assimilation among different Brettanomyces bruxellensis strains. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol 99(21):9123-9134.

(1) Bolton, M.D., * de Jonge, R., * Inderbitzin, P., Liu, Z., Birla, K., Van de Peer, Y., Subbarao, K.V., Thomma, B. PHJ., Secor, G.A. (2014) The heterothallic sugarbeet pathogen Cercospora beticolacontains exon fragments of both MAT genes that are homogenized by concerted evolution. Fungal Genetics and Biology 62:43-54. *contributed equally

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