The Plant Microbiosis Lab

@ Friedrich Schiller University Jena

About us

Microbiosis – here defined as ‘colonized or infected by microorganisms’ - is the dominant state of most living organisms, including plants. In plants, microorganisms function together with host genetics and the abiotic environment to help regulate processes like plant growth, flowering, stress resistance and the outcomes of disease and herbivory. Therefore, from both a basic research and applied agriculture point of view, it is critical to understand how plant-associated microbial communities form and their implications. Until now, most of our knowledge of plant-microbe interactions comes from molecular and evolutionary studies of binary plant-microbe model systems. At the microscopic level, however, plants are living ecosystems simultaneously colonized by diverse prokaryotes and eukaryotes. These colonizers interact with both the host and with one another, helping to determine microbial community structures. How this complex system of interactions forms in nature and its implications for host and microbial evolution are poorly understood, and this knowledge gap severely limits our understanding of host-associated microbiota in the wild and in agricultural systems. In the Plant Microbiosis Lab, we investigate the diversity and ecology of microorganisms on diverse plant hosts, seeking to understand how structures and functions of plant-associated microbiota are shaped.


Contact / Visit Us @ FSU Jena

E-mail: Dr. Matthew T. Agler [matthew.agler (at) uni-jena (dot) de]

Phone: +49 (0)3641 9 49980

Location: The historical Hellfeldsches Haus (link on house history in German) at Neugasse 23 in Jena (now the JSMC building).

Hellfedsches Haus in 1908

Pre-2014 renovations

Post-2014 renovation