Corné Pieterse (1964) was trained in plant breeding and plant molecular biology at Wageningen University. After his PhD research on the molecular basis of pathogenicity of the potato late blight pathogen Phytophthora infestans with Francine Govers at the Phytopathology department of Pierre de Wit, he joined the Phytopathology group of Kees van Loon at Utrecht University. Currently, he is professor Plant-Microbe Interactions and scientific director of the Institute of Environmental Biology of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University. His research group investigates how the plant immune system protects plants against microbial pathogens and insect herbivores, with emphasis on how beneficial microbes in the plant root microbiome stimulate plant growth and induce systemic disease resistance (ISR). Current research is focused on plant-beneficial functions that are encoded by the root microbiome, the role of plant genes that aid in maximizing profitable functions from the root microbiome, and crosstalk between plant defense hormones. With his research he aims to contribute to grand societal challenges, such as food security and sustainable agriculture.
was awarded an European Research Council Advanced Investigator grant in 2011 and is a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher (World’s top 1% in the field). He is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, and since 2015 a Distinguished Professor of the Faculty of Science at Utrecht University.
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