IRTG 2172: PRoTECT: Plant Responses To Eliminate Critical Threats


The International Research Training Group 2172 funded by the DFG is a collaborative program between research groups of the Georg-August-University Goettingen (UGOE) and research groups of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver.

The IRTG is managed by 8 research groups of the Georg August University Goettingen in close cooperation with 8 research groups of the Department of Botany and the Michael-Smith Laboratories of the UBC in Vancouver. A joint PhD training program and close cooperation within the projects provide international experience and an international network to the doctoral researchers who also spend part of their PhD thesis in Canada.



We congratulate Jelena Budimir, Sina Barghahn, Aswin Nair, Daniel Lüdke, Karl Kasper, and Denise Hartken for successfully completing their PhD!

Latest Publications

Dreischhoff, S., Das, I. S., Jakobi, M., Kasper, K., and Polle, A.: Local Responses and Systemic Induced Resistance Mediated by Ectomycorrhizal Fungi. Frontiers in Plant Science (2020)

Leonard, M., A. Kühn, R. Harting, I. Maurus, A. Nagel, J. Starke, H. Kusch, O. Valerius, K. Feussner, I. Feussner, A. Kaever, B. Morgenstern, D. Becher, M. Hecker, S.A. Braus-Strohmeyer, J.W. Kronstad and G.H.Braus: V. longisporum elicits media-dependent secretome responses with a capacity to distinguish between plant-related environments. Frontiers in Microbiology 11, doi:10.3389/fmicb.2020.01876 (2020).

Vishwanathan, K., K. Zienkiewicz, Y. Liu, D. Janz, I. Feussner, A. Polle and C.H. Haney: Ectomycorrhizal fungi induce systemic resistance against insects on a non‐mycorrhizal plant in a CERK1‐dependent manner. New Phytol., doi:10.1111/nph.16715 (2020).

Budimir J., K. Treffon, A. Nair, C. Thurow and C. Gatz: Redox-active cysteines in TGACG-BINDING FACTOR 1 (TGA1) do not play a role in salicylic acid- or pathogen-induced expression of TGA1-regulated target genes in Arabidopsis thaliana. New Phytol. doi:10.1111/nph.16614 (2020).

Lewandowska, M., Keyl, A. and Feussner, I.: Wax biosynthesis in response to danger: its regulation upon abiotic and biotic stress. New Phytol. doi:10.1111/nph.16571 (2020).

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