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  • Jourdan, S., I.M. Francis, M.J. Kim, J.J. Salazar, S. Planckaert, J. Frere, A. Matagne, B. Devreese, R. Loria and S. Rigali. 2016. The CebE/MsiK transporter is a doorway to the cellooligosaccharide-mediated induction of Streptomyces scabies pathogenicity. Scientific Reports 6: 27144.

  • Francis, I.M., E. Stes, Y. Zhang, D. Rangel, K. Audenaert and D. Vereecke. 2016. Mining the genome of Rhodococcus fascians, a plant growth promoting bacterium gone astray. New Biotechnology 33: 706-717.

  • Francis, I.M., S. Jourdan, S. Fanara, R. Loria and S. Rigali. 2015. The cellobiose sensor CebR is the gatekeeper of Streptomyces scabies pathogenicity. mBio 6: e02018-14.

  • van Bruggen, A.H., I.M. Francis and K.N. Jochimsen. 2014. Non-pathogenic rhizosphere bacteria belonging to the genera Rhizorhapis and Sphingobium provide specific control of lettuce corky root disease caused by species of the same bacterial genera. Plant Pathology 63: 1384-1394.

  • van Bruggen, A.H., O. Ochoa, I.M. Francis and R.W. Michelmore. 2014. Differential interactions between strains of Rhizorhapis, Sphingobium, Sphingopyxis or Rhizorhabdus and accessions of Lactuca spp. with respect to severity of corky root disease. Plant Pathology 63: 1053-1061.

  • van Bruggen, A., I. Francis and R. Krag. 2014. The vicious cycle of lettuce corky root disease: effects of farming system, nitrogen fertilizer and herbicide. Plant and Soil.

  • Francis, I., K. Jochimsen, P. De Vos and A. van Bruggen. 2014. Reclassification of rhizosphere bacteria including strains causing corky root of lettuce and proposal of Rhizorhapis suberifaciens gen. nov., comb. nov., Sphingobium mellinum sp. nov., Sphingobium xanthum sp. nov. and Rhizorhabdus argentea gen. nov., sp. nov. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 64: 1340-1350.

  • Bignell, D., I. Francis, J. Fyans and R. Loria. 2014. Thaxtomin A production and virulence are controlled by several bld gene global regulators in Streptomyces scabies. Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions : MPMI 27: 875-885.

  • Van Bruggen, A. and I. Francis. 2014. Case investigation and forensic evidence for a new plant disease. Plant Disease: 141022151452006.

  • Stes, E., I. Francis, I. Pertry, A. Dolzblasz, S. Depuydt and D. Vereecke. 2013. The leafy gall syndrome induced by Rhodococcus fascians. FEMS Microbiology Letters 342: 187-195.

  • Francis, I., A. De Keyser, P. De Backer, C. Simón-Mateo, J. Kalkus, I. Pertry, W. Ardiles-Diaz, R. De Rycke, O. Vandeputte and M. El Jaziri. 2012. pFiD188, the Linear Virulence Plasmid ofRhodococcus fasciansD188. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 25: 637-647.

  • Francis, I., M. Holsters and D. Vereecke. 2010. Gram-positive side of plant-microbe interactions. Environmental Microbiology 12: 1-12.

  • Francis, I.M., D. Gevers, M. Karimi, M. Holsters and D. Vereecke. 2007. Linear plasmids and phytopathology. In Microbial linear plasmids, edited by F. Meinhardt and R. Klassen. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

  • DE CONINCK, B., K. LE ROY, I. FRANCIS, S. CLERENS, R. VERGAUWEN, A. HALLIDAY, S. SMITH, A. VAN LAERE and W. VAN DEN ENDE. 2005. Arabidopsis AtcwINV3 and 6 are not invertases but are fructan exohydrolases (FEHs) with different substrate specificities. Plant, Cell & Environment 28: 432-443.

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Educational Background

  • 2012-2014 – Postdoc, University of Florida, FL, USA (Plant Pathology)

  • 2010-2012 – Postdoc, Cornell University, NY, USA (Plant Pathology)

  • 2009 – Postdoc, University Henri Poincare Nancy, France (Molecular Microbiology)

  • 2009 – Ph.D., Ghent University, Belgium (Biotechnology)

  • 2003 – M.Sc., University of Leuven, Belgium (Biochemistry)

  • 1999 – M.Sc., Hasselt University, Belgium (Biology)

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