Welcome Henry

Henry Janse van Rensburg joins the plant microbe interaction group as postdoc. He has recently finished his PhD on the interplay of metabolism and sugar signaling during biotic stress in the group of Prof. Wim Van den Ende at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Henry will work on the SNF project ‘Plant Responsiveness to Microbiota Feedbacks’.


Relative qPCR to quantify colonization of plant roots by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi

Here we describe the development of a method that measures colonization levels of plant roots by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi using quantitative PCR. Photograph: roots colonized with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, stained in blue (credit: Julia Hess).”


Block Course 2020 'Plant Biology' on Instagram

In case you missed our first Instagram story. Thanks and credits to Jana Tischer and Joëlle Zweiacker, DUW.


Block Course 2020 'Plant Biology’

The motivated and interested undergraduate students perform exciting experiments and learn about the fascinating field of 'Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions’. This part of the block course takes place in the large teaching laboratory of the Biocentrum.
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miCROPe 2019 –Emerging research priorities towards microbe-assisted crop production

In this perspective article, we carved out research priorities towards successful implementation of microbiome knowledge for modern agriculture.


Evaluation of primer pairs for microbiome profiling of diverse compartments

We evaluated the performance of commonly recommended PCR primer pairs on microbiome samples along a model food chain, including soils, maize roots, cattle rumen, and cattle and human faeces. Primer pair choice directly influenced the estimation of community changes within and across compartments and may give rise to preferential detection of specific taxa. This work demonstrates why a standardized approach is necessary to analyse microbiomes within and between source compartments along food chains.