Plants can be primed by various biotic and abiotic stresses giving unique physiological states like enhanced disease resistance or tolerance to certain abiotic stresses. Priming of plants has been observed by infection with necrotizing pathogens or colonization of plant roots by beneficial microorganisms as well as by stimulation of various natural and synthetic compounds. Understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying might provide novel approaches to exploit the genetic potential of plants for increasing plant resistance to pathogen attack as well as tolerance to environmental stresses in the practice, and is therefore of great scientific and practical importance. In this project, we investigate the priming effects of fungicides on barley with the focus on diverse physiological processes. In addition, Arabidopsis thaliana serves as model system for the project.


Project team:

Marc Carstensen, Christin Thiele-Belz, Prof. Daguang Cai


The project is founded by BASF