Green Life Sciences seminar

17May2018 14:00 - 15:00


by Maria J. Pozo

 "Priming plant defenses by soil beneficial microorganisms"

Dept. Soil Microbiology and Symbiotic Systems,

Estación Experimental del Zaidín, CSIC

Granada, Spain



(followed by a discussion and interview session with the speaker for PhD-students)



During her PhD at Granada University she studied plant defense responses during mycorrhiza induced resistance of tomato plants against the soil borne pathogen Phytophthora parasitica. Then she was a Postdoc at Dr. Kenerley´s lab in Texas A&M University, studying functional genomics of the biocontrol fungus Trichoderma virens. Later she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral fellow at Corné´s Pieterse lab at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, studying the signaling pathways regulating defense priming and induced resistance by beneficial soil bacteria in Arabidopsis. Currently she is head of the mycorrhiza and biotic stress lab in the department of Soil Microbiology and Symbiotic Systems, Estación Experimental del Zaidin, CSIC, in Granada, Spain.

relevant papers:

Martínez-Medina A, Flors V, Heil M, Mauch-Mani B, Pieterse CM, Pozo MJ, Ton J, van Dam NM, Conrath U (2016). Recognizing plant defense priming. Trends in Plant Science 21(10): 818-822

Pozo MJ, López-Ráez JA, Azcón-Aguilar C, García-Garrido JM (2015). Phytohormones as integrators of environmental signals in the regulation of mycorrhizal symbioses. New Phytologist 205: 1431-1436

Selosse MA, Bessis A, Pozo MJ (2014). Microbial priming of plant and animal immunity: symbionts as developmental signals. Trends in Microbiology 22(11): 607-613 


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