Dr Estrella Luna-Diez

Estrella Luna-DiezTel: +44 (0)114 222 4621

Email: e.luna-diez@sheffield.ac.uk


  • BBSRC Future Leader Fellow (2017-present)
  • P3 Independent Research Fellow, University of Sheffield (2015-2016)
  • Research Associate, University of Sheffield (2013-2015)
  • PhD: Lancaster University / Rothamsted Research (2009-2012)
  • MEng in Agronomy and Crop Science: Polytech University of Valencia (2006-2008)
  • BEng in Agronomy (Horticulture and landscape gardening): University Jaume I of Castellon (2003-2006)

Key Research Interests

Luna-Diez figureMy research has been focused on understanding the signalling, genetics and epigenetics of priming, a defence response based on the sensitization of the immune capacity of plants against biotic and abiotic stresses. My work has been done mainly in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana but as a BBSRC Future Leader Fellow, I aim to translate the knowledge and experience obtained in A. thaliana into economically-relevant crops in Europe, such as tomato. My research interests are:

  • Optimization of the induced resistance response to serve as an alternative to pesticide use
  • Emerging and re-emerging crop diseases
  • Genetic variation in the induced resistance response in crops

Professional Activities

  • Vice-president of the society of Spanish Researchers in the UK (SRUK/CERU)


Luna E (2016) Using green vaccination to brighten the agronomic future. Outlooks on Pest Management 27(3): 136-41. doi: DOI: 10.1564/v27_jun_10 (This article is made available with the publisher's permission. Copies of OPM articles are available at www.ingentaconnect.com/content/resinf/opm. Visit www.pestoutlook.com for further information.)

Luna E, Beardon E, Scholes J, Ravnskov S & Ton J (2016) Optimizing chemically induced resistance in tomato against Botrytis cinerea. Plant Disease 100(4) 704-710.

Schwarzenbacher RE, Luna E & 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 A, Pétriacq P, Sellwood MA, Chen B, Burrell M, van de Meene A, Pieterse CMJ, Flors V & Ton J (2014) Plant perception of b-aminobutyric acid is mediated by an aspartyl-tRNA synthetase. Nature Chemical Biology. doi: 10.1038/nchembio.1520

Luna E, López A, Kooiman J & 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

Pastor V, Luna E, Ton J, Cerezo M, García-Agustín P & Flors V (2013) Fine tuning of ROS homeostasis regulates primed immune responses in Arabidopsis. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 26: 1334-44.

Pastor V, Luna E, Mauch-Mani B, Ton J & Flors V (2013) Primed plants do not forget. Environ. Exp. Bot. 94: 46-56.

Luna E & Ton J (2012) The epigenetic machinery controlling transgenerational SAR. Plant Signalling and Behaviour. 7(6): 1-4.

Luna E, Bruce T, Flors V, Roberts M & Ton J (2012) Next generation systemic acquired resistance. Plant Physiology. 158(2): 844–53.

Slaughter A, Daniel X, Flors V, Luna E, Hohn B & Mauch-Mani B (2012) Priming a plant’s descendants for biotic stress resistance. Plant Physiology. 158(2): 835-43.

Luna E, Pastor V, Robert J, Flors V, Mauch-Mani B & Ton J (2011) Callose deposition: a multifaceted plant defense response. Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. 24: 183-93.

van Hulten M, Ahmad S, Luna E, Gordon-Weeks R, Pieterse CMJ & Ton J (2009) Natural variation in defence responsiveness amongst Arabidopsis accessions. Commun Agric Appl Biol Sci 74: 801-7.