Plant-Microbe Interactions

Welcome to the website of the Plant-Microbe Interactions (PMI) group. The PMI research is focused on interactions between micro-organisms and plants, from the molecular to the ecological level (see topics below). The PMI group contributes to the education and training of bachelor's, master's and PhD students in Biology at Utrecht University.

Plant-Microbe Interactions Utrecht 2015

Phytopathology (Corné Pieterse, Peter Bakker, Saskia van Wees)
The research programme of the Phytopathology group is focussing on interactions between pathogenic and non-pathogenic micro-organisms and plants, in particular in the rhizosphere. We are studying biological mechanisms that are active against pathogenic micro-organisms under natural conditions, i.e. suppression of pathogens by saprophytic micro-organisms, as well as natural plant defense against pathogens. The following topics are central in our research:
- Induced systemic resistance (ISR)
- Hormone crosstalk in plant immunity
- The plant microbiome and plant health

Plant Microbe Genetics Plant-Microbe Genetics (Guido Van den Ackerveken)
The molecular processes at the interface of host and pathogen determine if a plant is resistant or susceptible. Our group aims to identify the molecular players in this process and to understand their function.
Mycorrhizal Ecology (Marcel van der Heijden)
The 450 million year old symbiosis between the majority of land plants and mycorrhizal fungi is one of the most ancient, abundant and ecologically important mutualism on Earth. We investigate the impact of these important plant symbionts on plant growth and ecosystem functioning.



Last update: 24-05-2016, 11.22