On February 10th 1917 the first female professor in the Netherlands, Johanna Westerdijk, held her inaugural speech at Utrecht University. She became professor in Phytopathology, currently the Plant-Microbe Interactions chair group.

 

 

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

12 August 2018
Utrecht University Biologists awarded by the International Society for Microbial Ecology
Plant-microbe interactions
24 May 2018
Plants defend themselves against pathogenic fungi around the roots by excreting a protective substance.
24 May 2018
With the new research facility NPEC, plant scientists from Utrecht and Wageningen will be able to study the growth of plants better than ever before.
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