A tale of plant roots, sugar and soil microbes

CEPLAS Postdoc Eliza Loo has interviewed a group of people from different education levels, professions and ages. The purpose is to understand how much the general public knows about her field of study, and how to best describe her work to them. Do you want to know more about the interviews and how Eliza describes the mechanism of sugar transport between plants and microbes. Watch the video!





German subtitles can be selected on our YouTube channel! 

Planter’s Punch

Under the heading Planter’s Punch we present each month one special aspect of the CEPLAS research programme. All contributions are prepared by our early career researchers.

About the author

Eliza Loo is a post-doctoral researcher currently working on dissecting the mechanism of nutrient transport between plants and their (roots) microbiota. Her Ph.D. focused on the roles of plants’ immune signalling components in the crosstalk between biotic and abiotic stresses. By applying her knowledge and experiences in diverse plant-research topics, she aims to understand the complicated relationship between plants, microbes, and the environment.

Further reading

Loo, E. P-I, Tajima, Y., Yamada, K., Hirase, T., Ariga, H., Fujiwara, T., Tanaka, K., Taji, T., Somssich, I. E., Parker, J. E., Saijo, Y. (2020). Pattern recognition receptors confer plant salt tolerance via WRKY18/WRKY40 transcription factors. bioRxiv. doi: 10.1101/2020.05.07.082172 


Tajima, Y., Loo, E. P-I, & Saijo, Y. (2020). Plant physiological and molecular mechanisms in cross-regulation of biotic-abiotic stress responses. In Priming-Mediated Stress and Cross-Stress Tolerance in Crop Plants (1st ed., pp. 21–34). Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-817892-8.00002-7


Saijo, Y., & Loo, E. P-I. (2019). Plant immunity in signal integration between biotic and abiotic stress responses. New Phytologist225(1), 87–104. doi: 10.1111/nph.15989