Researchers at UCD


Angela Feechan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Agriculture & Food Science
Agriculture and Food Science
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167779


Employment history
2013-present. Lecturer (Crop Science). School of Agriculture & Food Science, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

2011-2013. Research Scientist. Molecular Fungal Pathology. Plant Industry, CSIRO, Australia.  

2007-2011. Post-Doctoral Scientist. Molecular Fungal Pathology. Plant Industry, CSIRO, Australia.  

2005-2007. Post-doctoral Fellow. Molecular Plant-Fungal Interactions. University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


2016. Professional
Diploma in University Teaching and Learning. University College Dublin, Ireland.

2005. Ph.D. The role of S-nitrosothiols in the establishment of plant disease resistance. University of Edinburgh, UK.

2000. B.Sc. (Honours) Plant Science. University of Edinburgh, UK.




Association: Marie Curie Alumni Associatio​n, Function/Role: Member
Association: Society of Irish Plant Pathologists, Function/Role: Member
Association: International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Function/Role: Member
Association: British Society of Plant Pathology , Function/Role: Member
Association: Plant Signaling & Behavior , Function/Role: Member

Conference Contributions

A. Rielly and A. Feechan (2017) Strategies for Powdery Mildew Resistance in Oats. [Poster Presentation], IRISH PLANT SCIENTISTS ASSOCIATION MEETING, Limerick Ireland , 07-JUN-17 - 09-JUN-17.
Brian Duggan, Henry Creissen, Angela Feechan, Michael Hennessy, Steven Kildea & A Markey (2018) Identifying how to improve Knowledge Transfer relating to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on Irish arable farms. [Poster Presentation], Environmental Management & Crop Production, Dundee UK , 27-FEB-18 - 28-FEB-18.


Committee : School of Agriculture & Food Science-Equality and Diversity Committee
Committee : School of Agriculture & Food Science- Research, Innovation and Impact Committee
Committee : Rosemount management group


Employer: CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Position: Research Scientist
Employer: CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation
Position: Post-doctoral Fellow
Employer: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Life Sciences
Position: Post-doctoral Fellow


Year 2016 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: Diploma Subject: Professional Diploma University Teaching & Learning
Year 2000 Institution: University of Edinburgh
Qualification: BSc Subject: Plant Science
Year 2005 Institution: University of Edinburgh
Qualification: PhD Subject: Plant Science-Role of nitric oxide in plant disease resistance

Outreach Activities

Discover Research Dublin, European Researchers Evening, Trinity College, 2015.                
SPARK (Science People at The Ark) workshop 2013-UCD Science Expression Festival in collaboration with The Ark

Other Activities

Peer Reviewer Funding Agencies:    
The Austrian Science Fund (FWF), Erwin Schrödinger Fellowships, 2013.

Peer Reviewer Journal publications:

Theoretical and Applied Genetics

Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry

Journal of Experimental Botany

European Journal of Plant Pathology




Book Chapters

Angela Feechan, Dionne Turnbull, Laura J Stevens, Stefan Engelhardt, Paul RJ Birch, Ingo Hein, Eleanor M Gilroy (2015) 'The Hypersensitive Response in PAMP-and Effector-Triggered Immune Responses' In: Gunawardena, Arunika N., McCabe, Paul F (eds). Plant Programmed Cell Death. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. [DOI] [Details]
IB Dry, A Feechan, C Anderson, AM Jermakow, A Bouquet, A -F Adam-Blondon, MR Thomas (2015) 'Molecular Strategies to Enhance the Genetic Resistance of Grapevines to Powdery Mildew' In: C Gerling (eds). Environmentally Sustainable Viticulture: Practices and Practicality. Canada: Apple Academic Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Thomas Welch, Angela Feechan, Steven Kildea (2017) 'Effect of host resistance on genetic structure of core and accessory chromosomes in Irish Zymoseptoria tritici populations'. European Journal of Plant Pathology, . [DOI] [Details]
de Marchi R;Sorel M;Mooney B;Fudal I;Goslin K;Kwaśniewska K;Ryan PT;Pfalz M;Kroymann J;Pollmann S;Feechan A;Wellmer F;Rivas S;Graciet E; (2016) 'The N-end rule pathway regulates pathogen responses in plants'. Scientific Reports, . [DOI] [Details]
Feechan, A., Kocsis, M., Riaz, S., Zhang, W., Gadoury, D.M., Andrew Walker, A., Dry, I.B., Reisch, B., Cadle-Davidson, L. (2015) 'Strategies for RUN1 deployment using RUN2 and REN2 to manage grapevine powdery mildew informed by studies of race-specificity'. Phytopathology, . [DOI] [Details]
Wenping Qiu, Angela Feechan & Ian Dry (2015) 'Current understanding of grapevine defense mechanisms against the biotrophic fungus (Erysiphe necator), the causal agent of powdery mildew disease'. Horticulture Research, . [DOI] [Details]
Ayliffe, M., Periyannan, S.K., Feechan A., Dry I., Schumann U.,Lagudah, E., Pryor A. (2014) 'Simple Quantification of In Planta Fungal Biomass'. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), . [DOI] [Details]
Glynn, E., Brennan, J.M., Walsh, E., Feechan, A., McDonnell, K.P. (2014) 'The potential of Miscanthus to harbour known cereal pathogens'. European Journal of Plant Pathology, 141 :35-44. [DOI] Link to full text [Details]
Feechan A, Anderson C, Torregrosa L, Jermakow A, Mestre P, Wiedemann-Merdinoglu S, Merdinoglu D, Walker AR, Cadle-Davidson L, Reisch B, Aubourg S, Bentahar N, Shrestha B, Bouquet A, Adam-Blondon AF, Thomas MR, Dry IB. (2013) 'Genetic dissection of a TIR-NB-LRR locus from the wild North American grapevine species Muscadinia rotundifolia identifies paralogous genes conferring resistance to major fungal and oomycete pathogens in cultivated grapevine'. Plant Journal, . [DOI] [Details]
Ayliffe M., Periyannan S., Feechan A., Dry I., Schumann U., Wang M.B., Pryor T., Lagudah E. (2013) 'A simple method for comparing fungal biomass in infected plant tissues'. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, . [DOI] [Details]
Feechan A., Jermakow A.M., Ivancevic A., Godfrey D., Pak. H., Panstruga R., Dry I.B. (2013) 'Host cell entry of powdery mildew is correlated with endosomal transport of antagonistically acting VvPEN1 and VvMLO to the papilla'. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, . [DOI] [Details]
Nielsen M.E., Feechan A., Böhlenius H., Ueda T., Thordal-Christensen H. (2012) 'The Arabidopsis ARF-GEF, GNOM, mediates transport required for innate immunity and focal accumulation of PEN1'. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, . [DOI] [Details]
Kwon E., Feechan A., Yun B.W., Pallas J.A., Kang J.G., Loake G.J. (2012) 'AtGSNOR1 function is required for multiple developmental programs in Arabidopsis'. Planta, . [DOI] [Details]
Feechan A., Kabbara S., Dry I.B (2011) 'Mechanisms of powdery mildew resistance in the Vitaceae family'. Molecular Plant Pathology, . [DOI] [Details]
Yun B.W., Feechan A., Yin M., Saidi N., Le Bihan T., Yu M., Moore J., Kang J.G., Kwon E., Spoel S., Pallas J., Loake G.J. (2011) 'S-nitrosylation of NADPH oxidase regulates cell death in plant immunity'. Nature, . [DOI] [Details]
Hayes M.A., Feechan A., Dry I.B. (2010) 'Involvement of abscisic acid in the coordinated regulation of a stress-inducible hexose transporter (VvHT5) and a cell wall invertase in grapevine in response to biotrophic fungal infection'. Plant Physiology, . [Details]
IB Dry, A Feechan, C Anderson, AM Jermakow, A Bouquet, A‐F Adam‐Blondon, MR Thomas (2010) 'Molecular strategies to enhance the genetic resistance of grapevines to powdery mildew'. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research, . [Details]
Feechan A., Jermakow A.M., Torregrosa L., Panstruga R., Dry I.B (2009) 'Grapevine MLO candidates required for powdery mildew pathogenicity?'. Plant Signaling and Behaviour, . [Details]
Wang Y.Q., Feechan A., Yun B.W., Shafiei R., Hofmann A., Taylor P., Xue P., Yang F.Q., Xie Z.S., Pallas J.A., Chu C.C., Loake G.J (2009) 'S-nitrosylation of AtSABP3 antagonizes the expression of plant immunity'. Journal of Biological Chemistry, . [Details]
Feechan A., Jermakow A.M., Torregrosa L., Panstruga R., Dry I.B. (2008) 'Identification of MLO gene candidates involved in susceptibility of grapevine to powdery mildew'. Functional Plant Biology, . [Details]
Zhang Z., Feechan A., Pedersen C., Newman M.A., Qiu J.L., Olsen K.L., Thordal-Christensen H. (2007) 'SNARE-protein has opposing functions in penetration resistance and defence signalling pathways'. The Plant Journal, . [Details]
G Loake, A Feechan, W Yun, Y Wang (2007) 'Uncovering the roles of S-nitrosothiols in plant disease resistance'. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, A: Comparative Physiology, . [DOI] [Details]
G.J Loake, B.W. Yun, A. Feechan, J. Pallas, E. Kwon (2006) 'S-nitrosothiols regulate hypersensitive cell death during the plant disease resistance response'. Nitric Oxide - Biology and Chemistry, . [Details]
Feechan A., Kwon E.J., Yun B-W., Wang Y., Pallas J.A., Loake G.J. (2005) 'A Central Role for S-Nitrosothiols in Plant Disease Resistance'. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, . [Details]

Other Journals

Milbourne, D., Spink, J., Barth, S., Mullins, E., Griffin, D., Wall, D., Carroll, J., Doohan, F., Ng, C., McCabe, P.F., Feechan, A., Spillane, C., Sulpice, R., Wellmer, F., Graciet, E. (2015) 'A virtual centre for crop improvement: Boosting plant breeding to secure agicultural productivity in Ireland' Teagasc Research 10 (1) :26-27. [Details]

Conference Publications

M. Mascarello, A. Feechan (2017) Irish field isolates differentially express small secreted proteins Zymoseptoria tritici community meeting [Details]
S.J. Karki, A. Feechan (2017) Identification and characterisation of In‐planta expressed Zymoseptoria tritici effectors Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting [Details]
A. Twamley, A. Feechan (2017) The induction of plant defence responses in wheat using a biostimulant Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting [Details]
A. Tiley, A. Feechan (2017) Does Nitric Oxide regulate crop Pathogen Resistance? Irish Plant Scientists Association Meeting [Details]
Zhou, B; Christodoulou, T; Brennan, C; Feechan, A; Doohan, F (2016) Identification of wheat proteins involved in the host response to Zymoseptoria tritici 9th International Symposium on Septoria diseases of Cereals Paris, France, , 07-APR-16 - 09-APR-16 [Details]
WELCH Thomas, MCCABE Tom, FEECHAN Angela, KILDEA Stephen (2016) Adaptation of Irish Zymoseptoria tritici populations to varietal resistances 9th International Symposium on Septoria Diseases of Cereals Paris France, , 07-APR-16 - 09-APR-16 [Details]
Feechan et al. (2015) Host Cell entry of powdery mildew is correlated with endosomal transport Pan American Plant Membrane Biology Workshop [Details]
Feechan, A. Anderson, C., Torregrosa, L., Jermakow, A.,Mestre, P., Wiedemann-Merdinoglu, S., Merdinoglu, D., Walker, A., Cadle-Davidson, L., Reisch, B., Aubourg, S., Bentahar, N., Shrestha, B., Bouquet, A., Adam-Blondon, A-F., Thomas, M. Dry, I. (2012) R-genes from a wild grapevine species provide powdery mildew and downy mildew resistance in cultivated grapevine XV International Congress of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions [Details]
A. Feechan, Z. Zhang, J. Qiu, H. Tippmann, H.Thordal-Christensen (2006) Vesicle trafficking and Salt Stress Conference of the European Foundation for Plant Pathology & British Society for Plant Pathology Presidential Meeting: Sustainable disease management; the European perspective [Details]


Research Interests


Molecular plant-microbe interactions, in particular how fungal pathogens are able to overcome plant immunity to gain entry to the plant cell. Currently her research group is focussed on the fungal pathogen of wheat Zymoseptoria tritici. An improved knowledge of plant-fungal interactions will allow the development of strategies to provide improved crop protection to disease.   


Research Projects

Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : PICS: Physiology Infrastructure for Crop Stress
Start Date / End Date : 01-JAN-17 / 31-DEC-18
Sponsor : Dept. Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Title : Alternative crops for cut foliage sector
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-16 / 30-NOV-19
Sponsor : Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)
Title : ReWIZ: Re-establishing Wheat Immunity to Zymoseptoria tritici
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-16 / 11-SEP-21
Sponsor : Teagasc
Title : Developing strategies to control powdery mildew in oats
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-16 / 30-SEP-20
Sponsor : All-Technology (Ireland) Ltd (ALLTECH)
Title : Effect of ProCrop ISR on Resistance Gene Expression in Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-15 / 31-AUG-18
Sponsor : HORIZON 2020
Title : CEREALPATH- training in innovative and integrated control of cereal diseases
Start Date / End Date : 01-SEP-15 / 31-AUG-19
Sponsor : Dept. Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM)
Title : Virtual Irish Centre for Crop Improvement (VICCI)
Start Date / End Date : 01-DEC-14 / 30-NOV-19
Sponsor : EC Framework (FP7)
Title : How does Nitric Oxide (NO) regulate crop pathogen virulence? (NO CROP PATHOGEN)
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAR-14 / 12-OCT-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : NO (Nitric Oxide) membrane trafficking to prevent fungal infection in plants?
Start Date / End Date : 01-APR-15 / 30-SEP-16

Recent Postgraduates

                    Maurizio Mascarello                      

Current Postgraduate Students

Thomas Welch, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Aisling Reilly, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Vivek Kumar Srivastav, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Leighton Smith, Agricultural Science (MAgrSc)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Anthony Twamley, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Supervisor
Brian Duggan, Agriculture (MSc(Agr))   -   Thesis Supervisor


Teaching Philosophy

Modules I contribute to: CPSC10010 Introduction to Crop Science, HORT20070 Agricultural Botany, CPSC30060 Biology and Control of Weeds Pests and Diseases of Crops, AESC40200 Conservation Genetics, MSc Plant Biology and Biotechnology.

Modules Coordinated

201700   CPSC20020     Crop Science: Fundamentals of Arable Crop Pr
201700   CPSC30100     Crop Science: Emerging Crop Pathogens
201700   CPSC20040     Crop Science: Physiological Plant Ecology

Developing as a Teacher

Professional Diploma in University Teaching and Learning, UCD, Sept. 2016.