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



Gezonde aardappelen en aardappelplanten
6 October 2015
A receptor discovered by plant biologists from Utrecht University and colleagues can help crops offer better protection against diseases.
28 September 2015
Uitstekende score van de Utrechtse plantenbiologen bij beoordeling van de EPS graduate school
Plant herkent uitzonderlijk brede groep aanvallers
3 November 2014
Plant recognises unprecedented broad group of attackers


9 November 2015 08:30 -
Science for Life represents internationally leading scientists from the four Life Sciences institutes of the Faculty of Science
11 December 2015 12:00 -
Utrecht Plant Science & Industry Symposium, December 11th 2015, Koningsbergergebouw

Plant-Microbe Interactions