Molecular Ecosystem Sciences B. Sc.

Andrea Polle

Andrea Polle is the head of the section Forest Botany and Tree Physiology in the Faculty of Forest Science and Ecology at the Georg August University Göttingen. She is also affiliated with the faculty of Biology and is a regular member of the Academy of Sciencies (Göttingen). Her main research areas are the molecular ecophysiology of stress adaptation in plants and plant interactions with mycorrhizal fungi.

Key expertise
• Stress Physiology
• Tree Biotechnology and Wood Formation
• Plant-Mycorrhizal Interactions
• Mycorrhizal Functional Diversity

Selected publications:

Pena R, Offermann C, Simon J, Naumann PS, Geßler A, Holst J, Dannenmann M, Mayer H, Kögel-Knabner I, Rennenberg H, Polle A (2010) Carbon limitations after girdling affect ectomycorrhizal diversity and reveal functional differences of EM community composition in a mature beech forest (Fagus sylvatica). Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 76: 1831–1841

Brinker M, Brosché M, Vinocur B, Abo-Ogiala A, Fayyaz P, Janz D, Ottow EA, Cullmann AD, Saborowski J, Kangasjärvi J, Altmann A, Polle A (2010) Linking the salt transcriptome with physiological responses of a salt resistant Populus species as a strategy to identify genes important for stress acclimation. Plant Physiology, doi: 10.1104/pp.110.164152

Janz D, Behnke K, Schnitzler J.-P., Kanawati B, Schmitt-Kopplin P, Polle A (2010) Pathway analysis of the transcriptome and metabolome of salt sensitive and tolerant poplar species reveals evolutionary adaption of stress tolerance mechanisms. BMC Plant Biology 10:150, doi:10.1186/1471-2229-10-150

Martin F, Aerts A, Ahrén D, Brun A, Duchaussoy F, Kohler A, Lindquist E, Salamov A, Shapiro HJ, Wuyts J, Blaudez D, Buée M, Brokstein P, Canbäck B, Cohen D, Courty PE, Coutinho PM, Danchin EGJ, Delaruelle C, Detter JC, Deveau A, DiFazio S, Duplessis S, Fraissinet-Tachet L, Lucic E, Frey-Klett P, Fourrey C, Feussner I, Gay G, Gibon J, Grimwood J, Hoegger PJ, Jain P, Kilaru S, Labbé J, Lin YC, Le Tacon F, Marmeisse R, Melayah D, Montanini B, Muratet M, Nehls U, Niculita-Hirzel H, Oudot-Le Secq MP, Pereda V, Peter M, Quesneville H, Rajashekar B, Reich M, Rouhier N, Schmutz J, Yin T, Chalot M, Henrissat B, Kües U, Lucas S, Van de Peer Y, Podila G, Polle A, Pukkila PJ, Richardson PM, Rouzé P, Sanders I, Stajich JE, Tunlid A, Tuskan G, Grigoriev I (2008) The genome sequence of the basidiomycete fungus Laccaria bicolor provides insights into the mycorrhizal symbiosis. Nature 452: 88-92

Finzi AC, Norby RJ, Calfapietra C, Gallet-Budyneka A, Gielen B, Holmes WE, Hoosbeek MR, Iverseng CM, Jackson RB, Kubiske ME, Ledford J, Liberloo M, Oren R, Polle A, Pritchard S, Zak DR, Schlesinger WH, Ceulemans R (2007) Increases in nitrogen uptake rather than nitrogen-use efficiency support higher rates of temperate forest productivity under elevated CO2, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 104: 14014-14019

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Andrea Polle teaches the following courses:

Molecular Plant and Stress Physiology
Methods in Systems Biology
Scientific Methods and Project Design
Special Topics in Plant Methods and Ecological Applications