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

  • ACA pumps maintain leaf excitability during herbivore onslaught
    Fotouhi, Nikou; Fischer-Stettler, Michaela; Lenzoni, Gioia; Stolz, Stephanie; Glauser, Gaetan; et al.
    Current Biology 10.1016/j.cub.2022.03.059  JUN 6 2022
  • Interdependence of a mechanosensitive anion channel and glutamate receptors in distal wound signaling
    Moe-Lange, Jacob; Gappel, Nicoline M.; Machado, Mackenzie; Wudick, Michael M.; Sies, Cosima S. A.; et al.
    Science Advances, 10.1126/sciadv.abg4298  SEP 2021
  • Jasmonate Precursor Biosynthetic Enzymes LOX3 and LOX4 Control Wound-Response Growth Restriction
    Yang, Tsu-Hao; Lenglet-Hilfiker, Aurore; Stolz, Stephanie; Glauser, Gaetan; Farmer, Edward E.
    Plant Physiology,  10.1104/pp.20.00471, OCT 2020
  • Wound- and mechanostimulated electrical signals control hormone responses
    Farmer, Edward E.; Gao, Yong-Qiang; Lenzoni, Gioia; Wolfender, Jean-Luc; Wu, Qian
    New Phytologist  DOI: 10.1111/nph.16646 Published: AUG 2020
  • 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
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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)