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