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.

Contact

Corné Pieterse
c.m.j.pieterse@uu.nl

030-2536887

News

paddenstoelen
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
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Plant-Microbe Interactions