Publication in peer-reviewed international journals (asterisks indicate corresponding authorship):




  • Naich M, .. Ton J. (15th) & Henderson I* (2021) The genetic and epigenetic landscape of the Arabidopsis centromeres. Science 374:6569.
  • Furci L, Pardo, DP & Ton J* (2021) A rapid and non-destructive method for spatial-temporal quantification of colonization by Pseudomonas syringae tomato DC3000 in Arabidopsis and tomato. Plant Methods 17:126.
  • Oikonomou A, Bennetta, NH, Parker AAH, Ton J & Mansfield JW* (2021) Defence against Bremia lactucae conferred by the resistance gene Dm7 in lettuce is broken by treatment with dichloroisonicotinic acid, Plant Pathol. 71:611–620.
  • Parker A, Wilkinson S, & Ton J* (2021) Epigenetics: a catalyst of plant immunity against pathogens New Phyt – Tansley Review, 233: 66–83.
  • López A*, Pardo D, Furci L, Roberts MR, & Ton J* (2021). The costs and benefits of trans-generational induced resistance in Arabidopsis. Front. Plant Sci. 12: 248.
  • De Kesel J, Conrath U, Flors V, Luna E, Mageroy MA, Mauch-Mani B, Pastor V, Pozo MJ, Pieterse CMJ, Ton J & Kyndt T* (2021). The induced resistance lexicon: Do’s and Don’ts. TIPS. doi: 1016/j.tplants.2021.01.001.


  • Schwarzenbacher RE, Wardell G, Stassen J, Guest E, Luna E & Ton J* (2020). The IBI1 receptor of β-aminobutyric acid interacts with VOZ transcription factors to regulate abscisic acid signalling and callose-associated defence. Mol. Plant 10: 1455-1469.
  • Wilkinson SM & Ton J* (2020). Methylation moulds microbiomes. Nat. Plants 6: 910-911.
  • De Lange ES, Laplanche D, Guo H, Xu W, Vilmant M, Erb M, Ton J, & Turlings TCJ (2020) Spodoptera frugiperda caterpillars suppress herbivore-induced volatile emissions in maize. J. Chem Ecol. 46: 344-360.


  • Rolfe SAR, Griffith J & Ton J* (2019). Crying out for help with root exudates: adaptive mechanisms by which stressed plants assemble health-promoting soil microbiomes. Curr. Opin. Microbiol. 49:73-82.
  • Dutton C, Hõrak H, Hepworth H, Mitchell, A, Ton J, Hunt L & Gray JE.* (2019). Bacterial infection systemically suppresses stomatal density. Plant Cell Environ. 42: 2411-2421.
  • Wilkinson SM, Magerøy MH, López A, Smith LM, Furci L, Cotton TEA, Krokene P & Ton, J* (2019) Surviving In a Hostile World: Plant Strategies to Resist Pests and Diseases. Ann. Rev. Phytopathol, 57:505-529.
  • Cotton A., Pétriacq P., Cameron D., Al Meselmani, M., Rolfe, S.A.* & Ton J.* (2019). Metabolic regulation of the maize rhizobiome by benzoxazinoids. ISME J. 13: 1647–1658.
  • Furci L., Jain, R., Stassen J., Berkowitz O., Whelan J., Roquis D., Baillet V., Colot V., Johannes F., & Ton J.* (2019) Identification and characterisation of hypomethylated DNA loci controlling quantitative resistance in Arabidopsis. elife 8. 8: 40655.


  • Buswell W., Schwarzenbacher E.R., Luna E.,  Sellwood M., Chen B., Flors V., Pétriacq P. & Ton J.* (2018)  Chemical Priming of Immunity without Costs to Plant Growth. New Phytol. 218: 1205-1216.
  • Mallinson L, Russell J, Cameron DD, Ton J, Horton P, Barker MEJFS* (2018) Why rational argument fails the genetic modification (GM) debate.  Food Security 10 (5):1145-1161.
  • Stassen JHM*, López A, Jain R, Pascual-Pardo D, Luna E, Smith LM, Ton J.* (2018) The relationship between transgenerational acquired resistance and global DNA methylation in Arabidopsis. Scientific Reports 8 (1):14761.
  • Beerling, DJ*, Leake, J.R., Long, S.P., Scholes, J.D, Ton, J., Nelson, P.N., Bird, M., Kantzas, E., Taylor, L.T., Sarkar, B., Kelland, M., DeLucia, E., Kantola, I., Müller, C., Rau, G., & Hansen, J. (2018). Farming with crops and rocks to address global climate, food and soil security. Nature Plants 4: 138-147.
  • Williams, A., Pétriacq P., Schwarzenbacher E.R., Beerling, D. & Ton., J.* (2018). Mechanisms of glacial-to-future atmospheric CO2 effects on plant immunity. New Phytologist 217: 752-761.


  • Pétriacq P.*, Williams A., Cotton A., McFarlane A.E., Rolfe S.A., Ton J.* (2017). Metabolite profiling of non-sterile rhizosphere soil. Plant Journal 92: 147-162.  
  • Bruce, JA, Smart, L.E., Birch, N.A., Blok, V., MacKenzie, K., Guerrieri, E., Cascone, P., Luna E., and Ton. J. (2017). Prospects for plant defence activators and biocontrol in IPM – Concepts and lessons learnt so far. Crop Protection, 97: 128-134. 
  • Pérez-De-Luque A., Tille S., Johnson I., Pascual-Pardo D, Ton J., Cameron D.D. (2017). The interactive effects of arbuscular mycorrhiza and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria synergistically enhance host plant defences against pathogen. Scientific Reports 7(1):16409.
  • Horton, P., Banwart, S.A., Brockington, B., Brown, G.W., Bruce, R., Cameron, D., Holdsworth, M., Koh, S.C.H., Ton, J. and Jackson P. (2017). An agenda for integrated system-wide interdisciplinary agri-food research. Food Security 9: 195–210.


  • Pétriacq, P.*, Ton, J., Patrit, O., Tcherkez, G.B., & Betrand, G. (2016) NAD acts as an integral regulator of multiple defense layers in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiology, 172: 1465-1479 .
  • Martinex-Median, A., Flors V., Heil, M., Mauch-Mani, B., Pieterse, C.M.J., Pozo, J.P., Ton, J., van Dam, N.M. & Conrath, U. (2016). Recognizing Plant Defense Priming, Trends in Plant Science, 21: 818-822 , doi: 10.1016/j.tplants.2016.07.009.
  • López Sánchez A., Stassen J.H.M., Furci L., Smith LM., and Ton J.* (2016). The role of DNA (de)methylation in immune responsiveness of Arabidopsis. The Plant Journal, 88: 361-373.
  • Pétriacq, P., Stassen, J., and Ton, J.* (2016). Spore density determines infection strategy by the plant pathogenic fungus Plectosphaerella cucumerinaPlant Physiology, 170: 2325-2339 
  • Luna, E., Beardon, E., Scholes, J., Ravnskov, S. and Ton J.* (2016). Optimizing chemically induced resistance in tomato against Botrytis cinerea. Plant Disease 100: 704-710.


  • Erb, M., Veyrat, N., Robert, C.A.M., Xy, H., Frey, M., Ton, J., and Turlings, T.C.J. (2015). Indole is an essential herbivore-induced volatile priming signal in maize. Nature  Communications. 6: 6273.
  • Schwarzenbacher R. E., Luna E.* and Ton J.* (2014) The discovery of the BABA receptor: Scientific implications and application potential. Front. Plant Sci. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00304.
  • Luna E., van Hulten M., Zhang, Y., Berkowitz, O., López-Sánchez, A., Pétriacq, P., Sellwood, M.A., Chen, B., Burrell, M., van de Meene, A.,  Pieterse, C.M.J,  Flors, V. and Ton, J.* (2014) Plant perception of beta-aminobutyric acid is mediated by an aspartyl-tRNA synthetase. Nature Chemical Biology. 10: 450-456. PMC full text (open access).
  • Luna E*, López-Sánchez, A., Kooiman J. and Ton J.* (2014) Role of NPR1 and KYP in long-lasting induced resistance by β-aminobutyric acid. Front. Plant Sci. 5:184. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00184.
  • D’Alessandro M., Erb M., Ton J., Brandenburg A., Karlen D., Zopfi J., and Turlings T.C.* (2013) Volatiles produced by soil-borne endophytic bacteria increase plant pathogen resistance and affect tritrophic interactions. Plant Cell Environ. 37: 813-826.
  • Pastor, V., Luna, E., Ton, J., Cerezo, M., García-Agustínand. P., and Flors V.* (2013) Fine tuning of ROS homeostasis regulates primed immune responses in Arabidopsis. MPMI, 26: 1334-1344.
  • Cameron, D., Neal, A., Van Wees, S.C.M., and Ton, J.* (2013). Mycorrhiza-induced resistance: more than the sum of its parts? Trends in Plant Sciences. 18: 539-545
  • Pastor, V., Luna, E., Mauch-Mani, B.*, and Ton, J.*, and Flors V*. (2013). Primed plants do not forget. Environ. Exp. Bot. 94: 46-56.
  • Neal, A.L. and Ton, J.* (2013) Systemic defense priming by Pseudomonas putida KT2440 in maize depends on benzoxazinoid exudation from the roots. Plant Signal. & Behav. e22655.
  • Neal, A., Ahmad, S., Gordon-Weeks, R., and Ton, J.* (2012). Benzoxazinoids in root exudates of maize attract Pseudomonas putida to the rhizoshere. PLoS ONE: 7(4): e35498.
  • Luna, E., and Ton, J.* (2012). The epigenetic machinery controlling transgenerational systemic acquired resistance. Plant Signal. Behav. 7: 1-4.
  • Luna, E., Bruce, T.J.A., Roberts M.R., FlorsV., and Ton, J.* (2012). Next-generation systemic acquired resistance. Plant Physiol. 158: 317-327.
  • Ahmad S, Veyrat N, Gordon-Weeks R, Zhang Y, Martin J, Smart L, Glauser G, Erb M, Frey M, and Ton, J.* (2011). Benzoxazinoid metabolites regulate innate immunity against aphids and fungi in maize. Plant Physiol. 157: 317-327.
  • Ahmad, A, Van Hulten, M, Martin, J, Pieterse, C.M.J. Van Wees, S.C.M. Ton, J.* (2011). Genetic dissection of natural variation in basal defences between Arabidopsis thaliana accessions, Plant Cell Environ. 34, 1191–1206.
  • Oluwafemi, S., Bruce, T. J., Pickett, J.A., Ton, J., and Birkett, M.A. (2011). Behavioral responses of the leafhopper, Cicadulina storeyi China, a major vector of maize streak virus, to volatile cues from intact and leafhopper-damaged maize. J. Chem. Ecol. 37, 40 – 48.
  • Luna, E., Pastor, V., Robert, J., Flors, V., Mauch-Mani, B. and Ton, J.* (2011). Callose deposition: a multifaceted plant defence response. Mol Plant-Microbe Interact, 24, 183-193.
  • Matthes, M.C., Bruce, T.J., Ton, J., Verrier, P.J., Pickett, J. A., Napier, J. A. (2010). The transcriptome of cis-jasmone-induced resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana and its role in indirect defence. Planta, 232, 1163-1180.
  • Bechtold, U., Lawson, T., Mejia-Carranza, J., Meyer, R.C., Brown, I.R., Altmann, T., Ton, J., Mullineaux, P.M. (2010). Constitutive salicylic acid defences do not compromise seed yield, drought tolerance and water productivity in the Arabidopsis accession C24. Plant Cell & Environment, 33, 1959-1973.
  • Ahmad, S., Gordon-Weeks, R., Pickett, J., and Ton, J.* Natural  variation in priming of basal resistance: from evolutionary origin to agricultural exploitation (2010). Mol. Plant Pathol. 11, 817-827.
  • Erb, M., Gordon-Weeks, R., Flors, V, Camañes, G., Turlings, T.C.J. and Ton, J*. (2009). Belowground ABA boosts aboveground production of DIMBOA and primes induction of chlorogenic acid in maize. Plant Signal. Behav. 4: 636-638.
  • Van der Ent S., Van Hulten M., Pozo M.J., Czechowski T., Udvardi M.K., Pieterse C.M.J., Ton, J.* (2009). Priming of plant innate immunity by rhizobacteria and beta-aminobutyric acid: differences and similarities in regulation. New Phytol. 183: 419-431.
  • Van Hulten M., Ahmad S., Luna-Diez E., Weeks R.G., Pieterse C.M.J, and Ton, J.* (2009). Natural variation in defence responsiveness amongst Arabidopsis accessions. Commun. Agric. Appl. Biol. Sci. 74: 801-807.
  • Ton J., Flors V., and Mauch-Mani B. (2009). The multifaceted role of ABA in disease resistance. Trends Plant Sci. 14:310-7.
  • Erb M., Flors V., Karlen D., de Lange E., Planchamp C., D’Alessandro M., Turlings T.C., Ton, J.* (2009). Signal signature of aboveground-induced resistance upon belowground herbivory in maize. Plant J. 59:292-302.
  • Heil, M. and Ton, J. Long-distance signalling in plant defence (2008). Trends Plant Sci. 13: 264-272.
  • Van der Ent, S., Verhagen, B.W.M., Van Doorn, R., Bakker, D., Verlaan, M.G., Pel, M.J.C., Joosten, R.G., Proveniers, M.C.G., Van Loon, L.C., Ton, J. and Pieterse, C.M.J. (2008). MYB72 is required in early signaling steps of rhizobacteria-induced systemic resistance in Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol. 146: 1293-1304.
  • Erb, M., Ton, J., Degenhardt, J., and Turlings, T.C.J. (2008). Interactions between Arthropod-induced Aboveground and Belowground Defenses in Plants Plant Physiol. 146: 867-874.
  • Flors. V., Ton, J., van Doorn, R., Jakab, G., García-Agustín, P. and Mauch-Mani, B. (2008). Interplay between JA, SA and ABA signalling during basal and induced resistance against Pseudomonas syringae and Alternaria brassicicola. Plant J. 54: 81-92.
  • Ton, J.*, D’Alessandro, Jourdie, V., Jakab, G., Karlen, D., Held, M., Mauch-Mani, B., and Turlings, T.C.J.  (2007). Priming by air-borne signals boosts direct and indirect resistance in maize. Plant J. 49: 16-26.
  • Glazebrook, J. and Ton, J. (2007). Biotic interactions: recurring themes and expanding scales. Curr. Opinion Plant Biol. 10: 331-334.
  • Van Hulten, M., Pelser, M., Van Loon, L.C., Pieterse, C.M.J., and Ton, J.* (2006). Costs and benefits of priming for defense in Arabidopsis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103: 5602-5607.
  • Rostas, M., Ton, J., Mauch-Mani, B., and Turlings, T. C. (2006). Fungal infection reduces herbivore-induced plant volatiles of maize but does not affect naive parasitoids. J. Chem. Ecol. 32, 1897-1909.
  • Turlings, T.C.J. and Ton, J. (2006). Exploiting scents of distress: the prospect of manipulating herbivore-induced plant odours to enhance the control of agricultural pests. Curr. Opinion Plant Biol. 9: 421-427.
  • Prime-A-Plant Group: Conrath, U., Beckers, G.J.M., Flors, V., Garcia-Agustin, P., Jakab, G., Mauch, F., Newman, M.-A., Pieterse, C.M.J., Poinssot, B., Pozo, M.J., Pugin, A., Schaffrath, U., Ton, J., Wendehenne, D., Zimmerli, L. and Mauch-Mani, B. (2006). Priming: getting ready for battle. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 19: 1062-1071.
  • Ton, J., Jakab, G., Toquin, V., Flors, V., Iavicoli, A., Maeder, M.N., Métraux, J.-P., and Mauch-Mani, B. (2005). Dissecting the b-aminobutyric acid-induced priming phenomenon in Arabidopsis. Plant Cell 17: 987-999.
  • Flors, V., Ton, J., Jakab, G. and Mauch-Mani, B. (2005). Abscisic acid and callose: Team players in defence against pathogens? J. Phytopathol. 154: 377-385.
  • Jakab, G., Ton, J., Flors, V., Zimmerli, L., Métraux, J.-P., and Mauch-Mani. (2005). Enhancing Arabidopsis  salt and drought stress tolerance by chemical priming for its abscisic acid responses. Plant Physiol. 139: 267-274.
  • Ton, J. and Mauch-Mani, B. (2004). beta-amino-butyric acid-induced resistance against necrotrophic pathogens is based on ABA-dependent priming for callose. Plant J. 38: 119-130.
  • Pieterse, C.M.J., Van Pelt, J.A., Verhagen, B.W.M., Ton, J., Van Wees, S.C.M., Léon-Kloosterziel, K.M., and Van Loon, L.C. (2003).Induced systemic resistance by plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria. Symbiosis35: 39-54.
  • Ton, J., De Vos, M., Robben, C., Buchala, A.J., Métraux, J.-P., Van Loon, L.C., and Pieterse, C.M.J.  (2002). Characterization of Arabidopsis enhanced disease susceptibility mutants that are affected in systemically induced resistance. Plant J. 29: 11-21.
  • Ton, J., Van Pelt, J.A., Van Loon, L.C., and Pieterse, C.M.J. (2002). Differential effectiveness of SA-dependent and jasmonate- and ethylene-dependent induced resistance in Arabidopsis. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 15: 27-34.
  • Ton, J., Van Pelt, J.A., Van Loon, L.C., and Pieterse, C.M.J. (2002). The Arabidopsis ISR1 locus is required for rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance against different pathogens. Plant Biol.4:  224-227.
  • Pieterse, C.M.J., Ton, J., and Van Loon, L.C. (2001). Cross-talk between plant defence signalling pathways: boost or burden? AgBiotechNet 3: 1-8.
  • Ton, J., Davison, S., Van Loon, L.C., and Pieterse, C.M.J. (2001). Heritability of rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance and basal resistance in Arabidopsis. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 107: 63-68.
  • Ton, J., Davison, S., Van Pelt, J.A., Van Loon L.C., and Pieterse C.M.J. (2001). The ISR1 locus of Arabidopsis controlling induced systemic resistance is involved in ethylene signaling. Plant Physiol. 125: 652-661.
  • Pieterse, C.M.J., Van Pelt, J.A., Van Wees, S.C.M., Ton, J., Léon-Kloosterziel, K.M., Keurentjes, J.J.B., Verhagen, B.W.M., Knoester, M., Van der Sluis, I., Bakker, P.A.H.M., and Van Loon, L.C. (2001). Rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance: triggering, signalling, and expression. Eur. J. Plant Pathol. 107: 51-61.
  • Pieterse, C.M.J., Van Pelt, J.A., Ton, J., Parchmann, S., Mueller, M.J., Buchala, A.J., Métraux, J.-P., and Van Loon, L.C. (2000). Rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance (ISR) in Arabidopsis requires sensitivity to jasmonate and ethylene but is not accompanied by an increase in their production. Physiol. Mol. Plant Pathol. 57: 123-134.
  • Ton, J., Pieterse, C.M.J., and Van Loon, L.C. (1999). Identification of a locus in Arabidopsis  controlling both the expression of rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance (ISR) and basal resistance against Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato. Mol. Plant-Microbe Interact. 12: 911-918.

Contributions to peer-reviewed books  (asterisks indicate corresponding authorship):

  • Beardon, E., Scholes, J. and Ton, J.* (2014). How do beneficial microbes induce systemic resistance? In: Induced Resistance: A Sustainable Approach to Crop Protection (Dale Walters, Adrian Newton, Gary Lyon, eds). Wiley-Blackwell. Book chapter.
  • Luna, E., Mauch-Mani, B., Flors, V., Garcia-Augustin, Zhang, Y., and Ton, J*. (2012) Impact of environmental factors on PAMP-induced callose in hydroponically grown Arabidopsis.  In: Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases (A. Schmitt and B. Mauch-Mani, eds), IOBC/wprs Bulletin; Vol. 83, 2012pp. 105-112.
  • Van Hulten, M., Ton, J., Pieterse, C.M.J. and Van Wees, S.C.M. (2010). Plant defense signaling from the underground primes aboveground defenses to confer enhanced resistance in a cost-efficient manner. In: Plant Communication from an Ecological Perspective; Signaling and Communication in Plants (F. Baluska, V. Ninkovic, eds), Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 43-60.
  • Heil, M., and Ton, J. (2010) Systemic Resistance Induction by vascular and airborne signalling. In: Progress in Botany, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 71: 279-306.
  • Van der Ent, S., Koornneef, A., Ton, J. and Pieterse, C.M.J. (2009). Induced resistance – orchestrating defence mechanisms through cross-talk and priming. In: Annual Plant Reviews – Molecular Aspects of Plant Disease Resistance (J.E. Parker, ed), Blackwell, pp. 334-37.
  • Ton, J., Van der Ent, S., Van Hulten, M., Pozo, M., Van Oosten, V., Van Loon, L.C., Mauch-Mani, B., Turlings, T.C.J. and Pieterse, C.M.J. (2009). Priming as a mechanism behind induced resistance against pathogens, insects and abiotic stress. In: Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases (A. Schmitt, N. Birch, M. Dicke, B. Mauch-Mani, eds), IOBC/wprs Bulletin 44, pp. 3-13.
  • Flors, V., Ton, J., and Mauch-Mani, (2009). The role of abscisic acid in disease resistance. (2009) In:  Signal crosstalk in plant stress responses (K. Yoshioka and K. Shinozaki ed.), Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN-13:978-8138-1963-1/2009.
  • Ton, J., Pieterse, C.M.J., and Van Loon, L.C. (2006).The relationship between basal and induced resistance in Arabidopsis. In: Multigenic and Induced Systemic Resistance in Plants (S. Tuzun and E. Bent, eds), Springer Science + Business Media, New York, pp. 197-224.
  • Ton, J., and Mauch-Mani, B. (2003). Elucidating pathways controlling induced resistance. In: Chemistry of Crop Protection (Voss, and Ramos eds.), WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Germany.
  • Pieterse, C.M.J., Ton, J., Van Wees, S.C.M., Hase, S., Léon-Kloosterziel, K.M., Verhagen, B.W.M., Van Pelt, J.A., and Van Loon, L.C. (2002). Rhizobacteria-mediated induced systemic resistance in Arabidopsis. In: Induced Resistance in Plants Against Insects and Diseases (A. Schmitt and B. Mauch-Mani, eds), IOBC/wprs Bulletin 25(6): 9-16.
  • Ton, J., Pieterse, C.M.J., and Van Loon, L.C. (1998). Genetic analysis of induced systemic resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana: association between induced and basal resistance. In: Molecular Approaches to Biologic Control (B.K. Duffy, U. Rosenberger, and G. Défago eds.), IOBC/wprs Bulletin 21(9): 111-115.

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