Svenja Hermanns

Research focus

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi live in symbiosis with most land plants by delivering rare nutrients like phosphate to the host. In return, the fungi receive carbon sources like sugars and fatty acids generated by the host plant during photosynthesis. The aim of my research is to unravel the details of AM symbiosis nutrient exchange by rebuilding the system. I try to establish a synthetic obligate symbiosis between Arabidopsis thaliana and the non-AM fungus Colletotrichum tofieldiae.

Svenja Hermanns


+49 221 470 8222

Institute for Plant Sciences, Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne

Zülpicher Straße 47b

50674 Cologne
Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich