Plant-Microbe Interactions

Plant-Microbe Interactions

Part of the Institute of Environmental biology

In nature, plants are attacked by a multitude of pathogens and pests that can cause major crop losses in agriculture. To protect themselves, plants can activate a sophisticated immune system. Moreover, they recruit beneficial microbes to their root system that help them to grow better and boost immune responses. The Plant-Microbe Interactions group aims to unravel at the molecular level how the plant immune system orchestrates interactions with beneficial microbes, pathogens and insects. This provides a rational basis for developing sustainable strategies for disease resistance in next-generation crops that produce more with less input of fertilizers or pesticides.


Corné Pieterse



14 April 2016
Underground ecosystems are much more complex and diverse than suspected, writes Marcel van der Heijden (Biology) in a Perspective article in Science.
4 March 2016
Corné Pieterse talked about better crops during the Studium Generale lecture on future food.
5 January 2016
Utrecht Plant Science & Industry Symposium, 11 December 2015



Plant-Microbe Interactions