Prof. Dr. Marcel Bucher

Research focus

Plant roots are colonized by a staggering amount of microbes spanning the whole spectra from parasitic to mutualistic interactions with their host. The often unexplored endophytic root microflora includes numerous fungal commensals which provide no obvious benefit to their host plant nor do they cause harm. Our main research interest in CEPLAS is to elucidate the structure and function of the root endophytic mycoflora of annual and perennial Brassicaceae species. Do plants select microbes from soil and, if yes, how do they communicate with the root microbiota? How does the plant environment (e.g. soil parameters) modulate this selection? The overall goal is to devise approaches for the transfer of host adapted microbiomes to other plant species to enhance their performance.

The ten most important publications

  1. Rausch C, Daram P, Brunner S, Jansa J, Laloi M, Leggewie G, Amrhein N, Bucher M (2001) A phosphate transporter expressed in arbuscule-containing cells in potato. Nature 414(6862):462-470.
  2. Karandashov V, Nagy R, Wegmüller S, Amrhein N, Bucher M (2004) Evolutionary conservation of a phosphate transporter in the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 101(16):6285-6290.
  3. Drissner D, Kunze G, Callewaert N, Gehrig P, Tamasloukht M, Boller T, Felix G, Amrhein N, Bucher M (2007) Lyso-phosphatidylcholine is a signal in the arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Science 318(5848):265-268.
  4. Lota F, Wegmüller S, Buer B, Sato S, Bräutigam A, Hanf B, Bucher M (2013) The cis-acting CTTC-P1BS module is indicative for gene function of LjVTI12, a Qb-SNARE protein gene that is required for arbuscule formation in Lotus japonicus. Plant J 74(2):280-293.
  5. Willmann M, Gerlach N, Buer B, Polatajko A, Nagy R, Koebke E, Jansa J, Flisch R, Bucher M (2013) Mycorrhizal phosphate uptake pathway in maize: vital for growth and cob development on nutrient poor agricultural and greenhouse soils. Front Plant Sci 4:533.
  6. Gerlach N, Schmitz J, Polatajko A, Schlüter U, Fahnenstich H, Witt S, Fernie AR, Uroic K, Scholz U, Sonnewald U, Bucher M (2015) An integrated functional approach to dissect systemic responses in maize to arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Plant, cell & environment 38(8):1591-1612.
  7. Xue L, Cui H, Buer B, Vijayakumar V, Delaux PM, Junkermann S, Bucher M (2015) Network of GRAS transcription factors involved in the control of arbuscule development in Lotus japonicus. Plant Physiol 167(3):854-871.
  8. Bombarely A, Moser M, Amrad A, Bao M, Bapaume L, Barry CS, Bliek M, Boersma MR, Borghi L, Bruggmann R, Bucher M, D'Agostino N, Davies K, Druege U, Dudareva N, Egea-Cortines M, Delledonne M, Fernandez-Pozo N, Franken P, Grandont L, Heslop-Harrison JS, Hintzsche J, Johns M, Koes R, Lv X, Lyons E, Malla D, Martinoia E, Mattson NS, Morel P, Mueller LA, Muhlemann J, Nouri E, Passeri V, Pezzotti M, Qi Q, Reinhardt D, Rich M, Richert-Poggeler KR, Robbins TP, Schatz MC, Schranz ME, Schuurink RC, Schwarzacher T, Spelt K, Tang H, Urbanus SL, Vandenbussche M, Vijverberg K, Villarino GH, Warner RM, Weiss J, Yue Z, Zethof J, Quattrocchio F, Sims TL, Kuhlemeier C (2016) Insight into the evolution of the Solanaceae from the parental genomes of Petunia hybrida. Nat Plants 2(6):16074.
  9. Hiruma K, Gerlach N, Sacristán S, Nakano RT, Hacquard S, Kracher B, Neumann U, Ramírez D, Bucher M, O'Connell RJ, Schulze-Lefert P (2016) Root Endophyte Colletotrichum tofieldiae Confers Plant Fitness Benefits that Are Phosphate Status Dependent. Cell 165(2):464-474.
  10. Vijayakumar V, Liebisch G, Buer B, Xue L, Gerlach N, Blau S, Schmitz J, Bucher M (2016) Integrated multi-omics analysis supports role of lysophosphatidylcholine and related glycerophospholipids in the Lotus japonicus-Glomus intraradices mycorrhizal symbiosis. Plant, cell & environment 39(2):393-415.
Prof. Dr. Marcel Bucher
CEPLAS Marcel Bucher

m.bucher[at]uni-koeln.de

 +49 221 470-2481

Botanical Institute, Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne

Zülpicher Straße 47b

50674 Cologne

www.bucherlab.uni-koeln.de

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