People


Principal Investigators  


Harro Bouwmeester

Prof. dr. ir. Harro Bouwmeester

University of Amsterdam, Faculty of Science

My group investigates signalling molecules and their role in the communication of plants with other organisms, espec. below ground, such as parasitic plants, nematodes and the microbiome. We work on the discovery of new signalling relations using omics data, the importance of structural diversity in signalling molecules for biological specificity, elucidation of biosynthesis and perception mechanisms, and discovery of unknown roles of signalling molecules.

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Marcel Dicke

Prof. dr. Marcel Dicke

Wageningen University, Plant Science Group

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Christa Testerink

Prof. dr. Christa Testerink

Wageningen University, Plant Science Group

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Toby Kiers

Prof. dr. Toby Kiers

VU University Amsterdam, Department of Ecological Science, Symbiosis Group

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Corné Pieterse

Prof. dr. ir. Corné Pieterse

Utrecht University, Institute of Environmental Biology

I am one of the PI’s of the MiCROP consortium and coordinator of Ethics, Gender & Diversity. My group is interested in discovering novel concepts in plant-microbiome interactions and elucidating the underlying molecular mechanisms involved. With our discoveries we hope to contribute to sustainable agriculture through plant microbiome-based solutions.

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Jos Raaijmakers

Prof. dr. Jos Raaijmakers

Netherlands Institute for Ecology, Microbial Ecology Department

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Data Analysis Team  


Bas Dutilh

Dr. Bas Dutilh

Assistant Professor

Utrecht University, Metagenomics Group

metagenomics, viruses and bacteriophages, microbial ecology, comparative genomics, genome evolution, bioinformatics, computational modelling

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Fred van Eeuwijk

Prof. dr. Fred van Eeuwijk

Wageningen University, Mathematical and Statistical Methods – Biometris

statistical genetics and genomics, genotype-to-phenotype modelling, plant breeding, statistics, quantitative trait loci, selection methods

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Marnix Medema

Dr. Marnix Medema  

Assistant Professor

Wageningen University

My lab studies how to use genomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic data to identify metabolic pathways for plant specialized metabolites, including those involved in microbiome recruitment and modulation.

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Age Smilde

Prof. dr. Age Smilde

University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences

Next to my work on MiCRop, I am leading a large systems biology research priority program of the Faculty regarding host-microbiome interactions. I am also involved in a UvA-research priority program around the oral microbiome.

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Assistant Professors  


James Weedon

Dr. James Weedon

Assistant Professor

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

microbial ecology, biogeochemistry

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Dr. Anouk Zancarini

Assistant Professor, Tenure tracker

University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Plant Hormone Biology

Involved in WP 1, WP 3 and data team. I would like to know the plant microbiome better, and understand how microbes are attracted and selected by their host and interact with it.

 

Rumyana Karlova

Dr. Rumyana Karlova 

Assistant professor

Wageningen University, Laboratory of Plant Physiology

stress resilience in crops

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Tenure Track  


Roeland Berendsen

Dr. Roeland Berendsen

Utrecht University, Plant-Microbe Interactions

plant microbiome, plant-beneficial microbes, plant immunity, induced systemic resistance

 

Mark Zwart

Dr. Mark Zwart

Netherlands Institute for Ecology

My research group mainly studies the ecology and evolution of plant viruses. We are particularly interested in understanding why multipartite viruses exist and what the advantages of this strange genome organization are.

 


Postdocs  


Lemeng Dong

Dr. Lemeng Dong

University of Amsterdam, Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences, Plant hormone biology

molecular biology, plant metabolism, biochemistry, metabolic engineering, plant metabolite biosynthesis and evolution, plant interaction with other organisms

 

Karen Kloth

Dr. Karen Kloth

Wageningen University, Lab. of Entomology

I am involved in coordinating MICROP at the Lab. of Entomology, WUR. I am mostly involved in WP1 and WP3, but also everywhere else WUR-Ent. plays a role.

 

Giannis Stringlis

Dr. Giannis Stringlis

Utrecht University, Plant - Microbe Interactions

plant-microbe interactions, plant root immunity, root exudate metabolomics, rhizosphere microbiome, induced systemic resistance.

 

Pedro Beschoren da Costa

Dr. Pedro Beschoren da Costa

Wageningen University, Lab. of Entomology

I’m a soil microbiologist working as a postdoc on the Entomology department. I will help establish and evaluate all of MiCRop’s microbiome related processes and pipelines within our group. I will also help coordinate collaborations between the consortium members, as I have done previously in other groups.

 

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PhD students  


Dario Ramirez-Villacis

Dario X. Ramirez-Villacis

Utrecht University, Environmental Biology

In my project, I characterise the stress-induced assembly of the root microbiome of wild and domesticated potatoes in native and agricultural soils in the centre of origin (Ecuador); and establish well-characterised microbial repositories from wild and domesticated potato plants under siege. Validate microbial candidates for their impact on root development, growth and disease protection.

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Justin Stewart

Justin Stewart

VU University Amsterdam, Department of Ecological Science, Symbiosis Group

I am studying the evolutionary biogeography of underground networks and how microbial communities assemble. Specifically, I bring a background in geospatial analysis, statistics-machine learning, and microbial ecology.

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Malin Klein

Malin Klein

VU University/University of Amsterdam

I study the stress-induced recruitment of microbes in the rhizosphere (legumes specifically). I bring a background in plant genetics and experience with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.

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Research project

 

Marcela Aragon Gomez

Marcela Aragon-Gomez

Wageningen University, Lab. of Entomology

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Research Project

 

Melissa Uribe Acosta

Melissa Uribe Acosta

Utrecht University, Institute of Environmental Biology

My research project focusses on evaluating how individual chemical and structural plant defense compounds can change rhizosphere and endosphere fungal and bacterial communities in Arabidopsis.

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Muhammad Rizaludin

Muhammad Rizaludin

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Microbial Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

My PhD project investigates the mechanism underlying biotic-stress induced plant-microbe communication belowground via root-emitted VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

 

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Research project

 

Roland Berdaguer

Roland Berdaguer

Wageningen University, Laboratory of Plant Physiology

My project aims at elucidating the mechanisms by which plants of the Solanaceae family, and more specifically tomato, recruit soil microbes that promote the plants’ resilience to drought stress. I bring a background in plant molecular biology and experience with root nodule symbiosis.

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Sebastian Jaupitre

Sébastien Jaupitre

University of Amsterdam, Plant Hormone Biology

I am a PhD student responsible for cucurbits work, and involved in WP 1 and WP 3. I’ve grown in a family of crop farmers and done a master in plant biology (plus I love eating them).

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Zulema Carracedo Lorenzo

Zulema Carracedo Lorenzo

Wageningen University, Laboratory of Plant Physiology and Laboratory of Entomology

I am involved in WP1, WP3 and slightly in WP3. I work on identifying plant pathways of stress alleviating microorganism recruitment that could be targeted in plant breeding programs.

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