Volatile-mediated impact of bacteria on plants

Plant-microbe Interactions, Phytopathology, Microbiology

Understanding how organisms communicate to establish mutualistic interactions is our key research interest. We focus on plant-associated bacteria and study their ability to emit volatile compounds that protect plants against diseases. We work with well-established model plants like Arabidopsis thaliana, as well as with crops of agricultural relevance such as potato, tomato and grapevine. Our research spans from fundamental understanding of beneficial plant-microbe interactions to the application of the acquired knowledge for sustainable crop protection.

Recent Publications

  • Mining the Volatilomes of Plant-Associated Microbiota for New Biocontrol Solutions 
    Bailly, Aurelien; Weisskopf, Laure 
    FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 8; https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01638 AUG 25 2017
  • Long-Chain Alkyl Cyanides: Unprecedented Volatile Compounds Released by Pseudomonas and Micromonospora Bacteria 
    Vidal, Diogo Montes; von Rymon-Lipinski, Anna-Lena; Ravella, Srinivasa; et al. 
    ANGEWANDTE CHEMIE-INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 56 (15): 4342-4346 APR 3 2017 
    Document Type: Article (Details)
  • Title: Smelly Fumes: Volatile-Mediated Communication between Bacteria and Other Organisms 
    Author(s): Weisskopf, Laure; Ryu, Choong-Min; Raaijmakers, Jos M.; et al. 
    Source: FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 7: DEC 20 2016 
    Document Type: Editorial Material (Details)
  • Title: Loose Barley Smut: Molecular Detection Method for Seeds 
    Author(s): Hunziker, Lukas; Boenisch, Denise; Groenhagen, Ulrike; et al. 
    Source: AGRARFORSCHUNG SCHWEIZ , 6 (11-12): 534-537 NOV-DEC 2015 
    Document Type: Article (Details)
  • Title: Pseudomonas Strains Naturally Associated with Potato Plants Produce Volatiles with High Potential for Inhibition of Phytophthora infestans 
    Author(s): Hunziker, Lukas; Boenisch, Denise; Groenhagen, Ulrike; et al. 
    Source: APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, 81 (3): 821-830 FEB 2015 
    Document Type: Article (Details)
Laure Weisskopf

Prof. Dr. Laure Weisskopf
University of Fribourg
Department of Biology
1700 Fribourg

Tel. +41 (0)26 300 88 11

Research topics

  • Chemical communication between bacteria, plants and plant pathogens
  • Molecular regulation of bacterial volatile emission
  • Physiological effects of bacterial volatiles in target organisms
  • Bacterial volatiles and sustainable crop protection

Interdisciplinary

  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Induced systemic resistance
  • Chemistry of volatile-mediated communication
  • Bioinformatics
  • Crop protection