Dr. Eric Kemen

Research focus

Communal efforts, such as biofilm formation, make survival of individual organisms more likely. Organisms colonizing the phylosphere face abiotic and biotic pressure e.g. by highly fluctuating moisture or microbe immission. Bacterial biofilms have been extensively studied, however there is hardly any knowledge on eukaryotic biofilm formation and its impact on pathogen virulence or persistence on plants. Our goal within CEPLAS is to investigate mechanisms of mutualistic microbe-microbe interactions, shaping the foliar microbiome and their impact on plant growth and plant health.

The ten most important publications

  1. Hacquard S, Kracher B, Hiruma K, Münch PC, Garrido-Oter R, Thon MR, Weimann A, Damm U, Dallery JF, Hainaut M, Henrissat B, Lespinet O, Sacristán S, Ver Loren van Themaat E, Kemen E, McHardy AC, Schulze-Lefert P, O'Connell RJ (2016) Survival trade-offs in plant roots during colonization by closely related beneficial and pathogenic fungi. Nat Commun 7:11362.
  2. Dombrowski N, Schlaeppi K, Agler MT, Hacquard S, Kemen E, Garrido-Oter R, Wunder J, Coupland G, Schulze-Lefert P (2016) Root microbiota dynamics of perennial Arabis alpina are dependent on soil residence time but independent of flowering time. ISME J.
  3. Agler MT, Ruhe J, Kroll S, Morhenn C, Kim ST, Weigel D, Kemen EM (2016) Microbial Hub Taxa Link Host and Abiotic Factors to Plant Microbiome Variation. PLoS biology 14(1):e1002352.
  4. McMullan M, Gardiner A, Bailey K, Kemen E, Ward BJ, Cevik V, Robert-Seilaniantz A, Schultz-Larsen T, Balmuth A, Holub E, van Oosterhout C, Jones JD (2015) Evidence for suppression of immunity as a driver for genomic introgressions and host range expansion in races of Albugo candida, a generalist parasite. eLife 4.
  5. Kemen AC, Agler MT, Kemen E (2015) Host-microbe and microbe-microbe interactions in the evolution of obligate plant parasitism. New Phytol 206(4):1207-1228.
  6. Rallapalli G, Kemen EM, Robert-Seilaniantz A, Segonzac C, Etherington GJ, Sohn KH, MacLean D, Jones JD (2014) EXPRSS: an Illumina based high-throughput expression-profiling method to reveal transcriptional dynamics. BMC genomics 15:341.
  7. Kemen E, Kemen A, Ehlers A, Voegele R, Mendgen K (2013) A novel structural effector from rust fungi is capable of fibril formation. Plant J 75(5):767-780.
  8. Kemen E, Jones JD (2012) Obligate biotroph parasitism: can we link genomes to lifestyles? Trends in plant science 17(8):448-457.
  9. Kemen E, Gardiner A, Schultz-Larsen T, Kemen AC, Balmuth AL, Robert-Seilaniantz A, Bailey K, Holub E, Studholme DJ, Maclean D, Jones JD (2011) Gene gain and loss during evolution of obligate parasitism in the white rust pathogen of Arabidopsis thaliana. PLoS biology 9(7):e1001094.
  10. Gan X, Stegle O, Behr J, Steffen JG, Drewe P, Hildebrand KL, Lyngsoe R, Schultheiss SJ, Osborne EJ, Sreedharan VT, Kahles A, Bohnert R, Jean G, Derwent P, Kersey P, Belfield EJ, Harberd NP, Kemen E, Toomajian C, Kover PX, Clark RM, Rätsch G, Mott R (2011) Multiple reference genomes and transcriptomes for Arabidopsis thaliana. Nature 477(7365):419-423.
Dr. Eric Kemen
CEPLAS Eric Kemen

kemen[at]mpipz.mpg.de

 +49 221 5062-317

Plant – microbe and microbe – microbe interactions
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

Carl-von-Linné-Weg 10

50829 Cologne

www.mpipz.mpg.de/243307/kemen

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