MPI für Züchtungsforschung, Köln | Germany
EMBO 2006 | CouC 12–15 | Council 13–15
My group aims to understand how plants communicate with microorganisms and discriminate pathogenic from beneficial microbes. The innate immune system of plants and mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis define major research themes. The establishment of plant-associated microbial communities with healthy plants, called the plant microbiota, defines a second research theme. We study how these microbial assemblages promote plant growth and health.
Keywords: Plant immune system / plant microbiota / fungal pathogenesis / plant-microbe co-evolution / microbial genomes / microbe-microbe interactions