Induced resistance and priming against biotic and abiotic stress

Plants have evolved inducible defence mechanisms to protect themselves against biotic and abiotic stresses. Upon inoculation with necrosis-inducing pathogens or various nonpathogenic root-colonizing Pseudomonads, or treatment with various natural and synthetic compounds such as β-aminobutyric acid (BABA) they acquire enhanced resistance to a broad spectrum of pathogens. The various induced resistance phenomena are associated with an enhanced capacity for the rapid and effective activation of cellular defence responses, which are induced only after challenge by a stressor. The augmented capacity to mobilize cellular defence responses has been called the ‘PRIMED’ state of the plant.

We are interested in the molecular mechanism(s) and genetic basis of priming and its role in induced disease against biotic and abiotic stresses. We work mainly with the model plant Arabidopsis but have recently started a project on induced resistance in maize, where we are specially interested in the expression of induced resistance at the root level.


Recent Publications

  • Efficiency of biological and chemical inducers for controlling Septoria tritici leaf blotch (STB) on wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)
    Bellameche, Fares; Pedrazzini, Chiara; Mauch-Mani, Brigitte; Mascher, Fabio
    European Journal Of Plant Pathology  10.1007/s10658-020-02057-y SEP 2020
  • BABA and ABA: The relation between a novel (signaling?) molecule in plant defense and a classic plant hormone.

    Stefanelli, F; Baccelli, I; Mauch-Mani, B
    MOLECULAR PLANT-MICROBE INTERACTIONS 32(10): 50-51 Supplement: S   OCT 2019

  • Accumulation patterns of endogenous beta-aminobutyric acid during plant development and defence in Arabidopsis thaliana
    Balmer, A; Glauser, G; Mauch-Mani, B; Baccelli, I
    PLANT BIOLOGY, 21 (2):318-325; 10.1111/plb.12940 MAR 2019
  • Resistance against Fusarium graminearum and the relationship to beta-glucan content in barley grains
    Martin, C; Schoneberg, T; Vogelgsang, S; Morisoli, R; Bertossa, M; Mauch-Mani, B; Mascher, F
    EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PLANT PATHOLOGY, 152 (3):621-634; 10.1007/s10658-018-1506-8 NOV 2018
  • Tricarboxylates Induce Defense Priming Against Bacteria in Arabidopsis thaliana
    Balmer, A; Pastor, V; Glauser, G; Mauch-Mani, B
    FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 9 10.3389/fpls.2018.01221 AUG 20 2018
  • Responses of Oat Grains to Fusarium poae and F-langsethiae Infections and Mycotoxin Contaminations 
    Martin, Charlotte; Schoneberg, Torsten; Vogelgsang, Susanne; et al. 
    TOXINS, 10 (1): JAN 2018
  • The accumulation of beta-aminobutyric acid is controlled by the plant's immune system 
    Baccelli, Ivan; Glauser, Gaetan; Mauch-Mani, Brigitte 
    PLANTA, 246 (4): 791-796 OCT 2017
  • Defense Priming: An Adaptive Part of Induced Resistance 
    Mauch-Mani, Brigitte; Baccelli, Ivan; Luna, Estrella; et al. 
    ANNUAL REVIEW OF PLANT BIOLOGY, VOL 68, 68: 485-512 2017
  • Factors of wheat grain resistance to Fusarium head blight 
    Martin, Charlotte; Schoeneberg, Torsten; Vogelgsang, Susanne; et al. 
    PHYTOPATHOLOGIA MEDITERRANEA, 56 (1): 154-166 2017

Prof. Dr. Brigitte Mauch-Mani
University of Neuchâtel
Institute of Biology
2000 Neuchâtel

Tel: +41 (0)32 718 22 05

Research topics

  • BABA-induced resistance and priming in Arabidopsis
  • Systemic acquired resistance and induced resistance at the root level in maize
  • Hormone signaling in Arabidopsis
  • Bio-control of plant diseases



  • Arabidopsis fungal and oomycete pathogens
  • Callose in pathogenesis
  • Hormone measurement