Expertise Wim van der Putten, NIOO-KNAW

Department of Multi-trophic Interactions (MTI), Centre for Terrestrial Ecology (CTE). Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)

The main topic of the department is interactions between plants, above- and belowground herbivores, pathogens and their natural enemies. We investigate mechanisms involved in above-belowground interactions, the evolution of plant defences against herbivores and pathogens, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning from a multi-trophic perspective, as well as invasiveness of species.  For many of these aspects, a link is made between physiological, genomic, transcriptomic and metabolomic parameters.



  • DGGE
  • qRT-PCR
  • markers (microsatellites)


  • Microarray facilities


  • Focus on: induced systemic plant defence against herbivores and pathogens
  • Research objects: Plants, insects and pathogens (bacteria, fungi, nematodes)
  • Main research discipline: ecology, evolution and plant pathology

Project Topics:

  • Transcriptional profiling of above- versus belowground systemic induced plant defence.
  • Detecting (microbial) agents involved in plant-soil feedback
  • Genes involved in parasitoid foraging behaviour