Corné Pieterse

Titels Prof. dr. ir.
Initials C.M.J.
Main position Hoogleraar UU
Disciplines Biotechnology
  Agriculture and horticulture
Chair Plant-microbe-interacties
Domain Natural Sciences and Engineering
Membership Member
Since 2013
Chair of Science Committee Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute
Member of Natural Sciences and Engineering
Employed by Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Bètawetenschappen
Departement Biologie, Leerstoelgroep Plant-Microbe Interacties
Padualaan 8
3584 CH Utrecht
tel.  030 253 6887
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Corné Pieterse conducts pioneering research into systemic resistance to pathogens in plants. Every year, much of the world’s food production is lost to crop disease or damage. Pieterse studies how plant immune systems protect plants against enemies such as micro-organisms and insects. Plant hormones play a role in such defences, but plants also depend for their survival on beneficial microbes to stimulate their immune system.