Plant pathology

Monika Maurhofer is the leader of a research group with interest in elucidating the multitrophic interactions going on in the hotspot rhizosphere with a focus on physical and molecular interactions between plants, plant pathogenic fungi, plant beneficial pseudomonads and insect pests. Her research is aims at improving the use of microorganisms for the control of plant diseases and insect pests.

Her group is part of the plant pathology group which is headed by Prof. Bruce McDonald and located in the Institute of Integrative Biology. Monika Maurhofer is also involved in teaching and gives lectures in systematics and ecology of fungi and algae for first year ETHZ biology and pharmacy students and offers a block course in plant pathology for third year ETHZ and UniZH biology students.

 

Recent Publications

  • Conservation tillage and organic farming induce minor variations in Pseudomonas abundance, their antimicrobial function and soil disease resistance
    Dennert F; Imperiali N; Staub C; Schneider J; Laessle T; Zhang T; Wittwer R; van der Heijden MG; Smits THM; Schlaeppi K; Keel C; Maurhofer M
    FEMS MICROBIOLOGY ECOLOGY, 94 (8):10.1093/femsec/fiy075 AUG 2018
  • Root-colonizing bacteria enhance the levels of (E)-beta-caryophyllene produced by maize roots in response to rootworm feeding (vol 187, pg 459, 2018)
    Chiriboga, MX; Guo, HJ; Campos-Herrera, R; Roder, G; Imperiali, N; Keel, C; Maurhofer, M; Turlings, TCJ
    OECOLOGIA, 187 (2):469-469; 10.1007/s00442-018-4104-8 JUN 2018
  • Root-colonizing bacteria enhance the levels of (E)-beta-caryophyllene produced by maize roots in response to rootworm feeding
    Chiriboga, MX; Guo, HJ; Campos-Herrera, R; Roder, G; Imperiali, N; Keel, C; Maurhofer, M; Turlings, TCJ
    OECOLOGIA, 187 (2):459-468; https://doir.org/10.1007/s00442-017-4055-5 JUN 2018
  • Combined Field Inoculations of Pseudomonas Bacteria, Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi, and Entomopathogenic Nematodes and their Effects on Wheat Performance 
    Imperiali, Nicola; Chiriboga, Xavier; Schlaeppi, Klaus; et al. 
    FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 8: OCT 31 2017 Article (Details)
  • Relationships between Root Pathogen Resistance, Abundance and Expression of Pseudomonas Antimicrobial Genes, and Soil Properties in Representative Swiss Agricultural Soils 
    Imperiali, Nicola; Dennert, Francesca; Schneider, Jana; et al. 
    FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE, 8: MAR 29 2017 Article (Details)
  • Antimicrobial and Insecticidal: Cyclic Lipopeptides and Hydrogen Cyanide Produced by Plant-Beneficial Pseudomonas Strains CHA0, CMR12a, and PCL1391 Contribute to Insect Killing 
    Flury, Pascale; Vesga, Pilar; Pechy-Tarr, Maria; et al. 
    Frontiers in Microbiology, 8: FEB 3 2017 Article (Details)
  • Gross phosphorus fluxes in a calcareous soil inoculated with Pseudomonas protegens CHA0 revealed by P-33 isotopic dilution 
    Meyer, G.; Bunemann, E. K.; Frossard, E.; et al. 
    SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 104: 81-94 JAN 2017 Article (Details)
  • Specific surface glycan decorations enable antimicrobial peptide resistance in plant-beneficial pseudomonads with insect-pathogenic properties 
    Kupferschmied, Peter; Chai, Tiancong; Flury, Pascale; et al. 
    ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 18 (11): 4265-4281 NOV 2016 Article (Details)
Monika Maurhofer

Dr. Monika Maurhofer
ETH Zurich
Institute of Integrative Biology
8092 Zurich

Tel: +41 (0)44 632 38 69

Research topics

  • Mechanisms of biocontrol of plant diseases by Pseudomonas fluorescens
  • Diversity of plant growth-promoting root-colonizing bacteria in soil
  • Insecticidal activity of root-colonizing pseudomonads
  • Signaling between plants, fungal pathogens and beneficial bacteria in the rhizosphere
  • Risk assessment of fungal biocontrol agents

 

 

Interdisciplinary

  • Collaboration with the groups of Beat Keller (UniZH) and Thomas Boller (UniBa) within the National Research Program NRP59 on benefits and risks of transgenic plants
  • Collaboration with Syngenta Crop Protection on insecticidal activity of plant-associated pseudomonads
  • Coming more from a microbiological background we always look for collaboration especially with specialists on plant insects pests or plant scientists