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

Mechanisme ontdekt dat natuurlijke afweer van planten versterkt
7 February 2017
Een overzicht van 100 jaar Fytopathologie in Utrecht en haar bijdrage aan belangrijke maatschappelijke problemen zoals voedselzekerheid.
13 December 2016
Joint UU-WUR effort for a National Plant Eco-Phenotyping Centre
17 November 2016
Build fundamental knowledge and bring it from the university into the field.

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Events

Johanna Westerdijk (zittend links) in gezelschap van vier mannen aan een tafeltje in café Eik en Linde te Amsterdam. (c) Schuitvlot, Nico - Collectie IAV - Atria, kennisinstituut voor emancipatie en vrouwengeschiedenis.
30 June 2017 14:00 - 19:45
A symposium, with BBQ, on Johanna Westerdijk, plant pathology and phytopathogenic fungi
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