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



21 October 2015
Antonio Leon-Reyes elected ASPB top author
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


11 December 2015 12:00 -
Utrecht Plant Science & Industry Symposium, December 11th 2015, Koningsbergergebouw

Plant-Microbe Interactions