Research Area 2

Plant Microbiota Metabolic Networks and Edaphic Adaptation

Plant fitness in natural environments and agricultural crop yields are influenced by plant-associated microbiota and soil type. The composition and activity of plant microbiota are determined by nutritional (mineral nutrients), metabolic (primary and specialized metabolites), and edaphic (physical, chemical, and biological properties of soil) factors interacting with different plant genotypes. This Research Area investigates the contribution of microbiota to plant performance and edaphic adaptation. RA2 will identify genetic, molecular, and biochemical mechanisms governing the structure, activity, and function of plant-associated microbial communities in the rhizosphere and phyllosphere. The central working hypotheses of RA2 are as follows: (i) metabolic partnership between plants and associated microbes is important for the establishment of interorganismal nutritional networks, and (ii) variation in this metabolic connectivity is a major force underlying edaphic adaptation and plant health. Metabolic models will be developed from analyses of plant-microbe communities growing in different natural soils and environments, and their physiological relevance will be tested and refined using an iterative set of microbiota recon­stitution experiments under controlled nutritional perturbations. Central to RA2 is an integrated analysis of the plant microbiota metabolism, taking advantage of reductionist approaches.

Coordinators

Prof. Dr. Alga Zuccaro
CEPLAS Alga Zuccaro

+49 221 4707170

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Institute for Plant Sciences, Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne

www.ag-zuccaro.botanik.uni-koeln.de

Dr. Rubén Garrido-Oter
CEPLAS Rubén Garrido Oter

+49 221 5062344

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Department of Plant Microbe Interactions
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research

http://www.mpipz.mpg.de/garrido

Members

Dr. Florian Altegoer
Florian Altegoer
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2
Dr. Laura Armbruster

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2

Dr. Borjana Arsova
Dr. Borjana Arsova
Group leader, Research Area 2
Prof. Dr. Petra Bauer
CEPLAS Petra Bauer
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2
Prof. Dr. Michael Bonkowski
CEPLAS Michael Bonkowski
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2
Prof. Dr. Marcel Bucher
CEPLAS Marcel Bucher
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2
Dr. Concetta De Quattro
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2
Prof. Dr. Gunther Döhlemann
CEPLAS Gunther Döhlemann
Principal Investigator, Research Area 2,3
Prof. Dr. Oliver Ebenhöh
CEPLAS Oliver Ebenhöh
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Büşra Elkatmış
Doctoral Candidate, Research Area 2
Prof. Dr. Wolf B. Frommer
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Jan Gaertner

Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 2

Dr. Rubén Garrido Oter
CEPLAS Rubén Garrido Oter
CEPLAS Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2,3,4
Dr. Tonni Grube Andersen
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1, 2
Dr. Stéphane Hacquard

Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2

Dr. Götz Hensel
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1, 2, 3
Svenja Hermanns
Prof. Dr. Tatjana Hildebrandt
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3
Dr. Poonam Kanwar

Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Area 1,2

Prof. Dr. Stanislav Kopriva
CEPLAS Stanislav Kopriva
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Prof. Dr. Maria von Korff Schmising
CEPLAS Maria von Korff Schmising

Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,4

Dr. Ernesto Llamas
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2
Dr. Eliza Loo

Group leader, Research Area 2,3

Dr. Takaki Maekawa
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2
Milena Malisic
Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 2
Daniel Moser
Docotoral Researcher, Research Area 2
Prof. Dr. Jane E. Parker

Principal Investigator, Research Area 2,3

Prof. Dr. Markus Pauly
CEPLAS Markus Pauly
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4
Dr. Anthony Piro
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2
Dr. Daniela Ristova
Group leader, Research Area 1, 2
Prof. Dr. Laura Rose
CEPLAS Laura Rose
Principal Investigator, Research Area 2,4
Pia Saake
Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 2
Dr. Sebastian Samwald

CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2

Dr. Isabel ML Saur
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2
Prof. Dr. Paul Schulze-Lefert

Principal Investigator, Research Area 2,3,4

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr
CEPLAS Ulrich Schurr
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 1,2,4
Priyamedha Sengupta

Doctoral Researcher, Research Area 2

Dr. Johana Stadtel geb. Misas Villamil
Group leader, Research Area 2
Dr. St. Elmo Wilken
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2,4
Dr. Michael Wudick
Group leader, Research Area 1, 2
Dr. Yanrong You
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zeier
CEPLAS Jürgen Zeier
Contributing Investigator, Research Area 2
Dr. Jinyi Zhu
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2
Prof. Dr. Alga Zuccaro
CEPLAS Alga Zuccaro
Principal Investigator, Research Area 2,3,4
Dr. Weiliang Zuo
CEPLAS Researcher, Research Area 2,3
Prof. Dr. Matias Zurbriggen
CEPLAS Matias Zurbriggen
Principal Investigator, Research Area 1,2,3,4