Plant molecular biology

We work on the jasmonate pathway which controls plant immunity to herbivores. Jasmonates are lipid-derived molecules which accumulate rapidly when a plant is attacked or wounded. Our recent work has shown that the signal travelling from a wound to distal leaves has an average speed of about 4 cm per min. We have a second project on non-enzymatic lipid oxidation. We use Arabidopsis as a genetic tool to study this process and we concentrate on aspects that would be difficult to address in animals.

Recent Publications

  • Plant surface metabolites as potent antifungal agents
    Dubey, Olga; Dubey, Sylvain; Schnee, Sylvain; Glauser, Gaetan; Nawrath, Christiane; Gindro, Katia; Farmer, Edward E
    Plant Physiology And Biochemistry,  DOI: 10.1016/j.plaphy.2020.02.026  MAY 2020
  • Insect-damaged Arabidopsis moves like wounded Mimosa pudica
    Kurenda, Andrzej; Chi Tam Nguyen; Chetelat, Aurore; Stolz, Stephanie; Farmer, Edward E.
    Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America,, DEC 17 2019,
  • Regulatory Oxylipins Anno 2019: Jasmonates Galore in the Plant Oxylipin Research Community
    Goossens, Alain; Farmer, Edward E.
    Plant And Cell Physiology, 10.1093/pcp/pcz197, Published: DEC 2019
  • Arabidopsis H+-ATPase AHA1 controls slow wave potential duration and wound-response jasmonate pathway activation
    Kumari, Archana; Chetelat, Aurore; Nguyen, Chi Tam; Farmer Edward E.
    PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 116(40): 20226-20231, 10.1073/pnas.1907379116, OCT 2019
  • Jasmonates: what ALLENE OXIDE SYNTHASE does for plants
    Farmer, EE; Goossens, A
    JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL BOTANY, 70 (13):3373-3378; SI 10.1093/jxb/erz254 JUN 15 2019
  • Single-cell damage elicits regional, nematode-restricting ethylene responses in roots
    Marhavy, P; Kurenda, A; Siddique, S; Tendon, VD; Zhou, F; Holbein, J; Hasan, MS; Grundler, FMW; Farmer, EE; Geldner, N
    EMBO JOURNAL, 38 (10):10.15252/embj.2018100972 MAY 15 2019
  • Identification of cell populations necessary for leaf-to-leaf electrical signaling in a wounded plant
    Nguyen, CT; Kurenda, A; Stolz, S; Chetelat, A; Farmer, EE
    PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 115 (40):10178-10183; 10.1073/pnas.1807049115 OCT 2 2018
  • Control of basal jasmonate signalling and defence through modulation of intracellular cation flux capacity 
    Lenglet, Aurore; Jaslan, Dawid; Toyota, Masatsugu; et al. 
    NEW PHYTOLOGIST, 216 (4): 1161-1169 10.1111/nph.14754 DEC 2017 
  • Emerging Jasmonate Transporters 
    Chi Tam Nguyen; Martinoia, Enrico; Farmer, Edward E. 
    MOLECULAR PLANT, 10 (5): 659-661 10.1016/j.molp.2017.03.007 MAY 1 2017
  • Short distance cell-to-cell communication in response to wound stress in Arabidopsis root
    Marhavy, P.; Kurenda, A.; Siddique, S. et al.
  • Mimicry in plants 
    Pannell, John R.; Farmer, Edward E. 
    CURRENT BIOLOGY, 26 (17): R784-R785 SEP 12 10.1016/j.cub.2016.04.005 2016
    Schmid-Siegert, Emanuel; Stepushenko, Olga; Glauser, Gaetan; et al. 
    JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY, 291 (25): 13005-13013 10.1074/jbc.M116.729921 JUN 17 2016
  • Acylated monogalactosyl diacylglycerol: prevalence in the plant kingdom and identification of an enzyme catalyzing galactolipid head group acylation in Arabidopsis thaliana 
    Nilsson, Anders K.; Johansson, Oskar N.; Fahlberg, Per; et al. 
    PLANT JOURNAL, 84 (6): 1152-1166 10.1111/tpj.13072 DEC 2015
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Prof. Dr. Edward Farmer
University of Lausanne
Department of Plant Molecular Biology
1015 Lausanne

Tel: +41 (0)21 692 42 28

Research topics

  • Plant defense
  • Systemic signalling  
  • Jasmonates  
  • Lipid oxidation



  • (physics)  
  • University of Geneva (metabolomics)  
  • University of Lausanne (electrophysiology)