LabeX Seminar Series

UFR Conference Room, University of Lorraine, Vandoeuvre Campus

Tuesday 12 March – 8:00-10:00 am

Communication during plant-microbe interactions

Danny Vereecke

Hogeschool Gent, Belgique

 Plants emit a wide variety of compounds that have a significant effect on the behavior of microbes that live in their proximity. Many microbes are attracted by the plant emissions and in response will engage in beneficial but also in pathogenic interactions. To guarantee the success of these interactions, microbes will often first communicate amongst each other, to ensure that the conditions for the onset of the contact are optimal. Finally, in beneficial but also in certain pathogenic interactions, plant and microbe establish an equilibrium permitting a long lasting life together. In this lecture I will try to give an overview of the diversity of molecular communication mechanisms that can occur during plant-microbe interactions using different examples of well-studied symbioses and pathologies.