The Phytopathology unit focuses on the biology and impact of fungal, bacterial and viral plant pathogens

- Biological control of soilborne fungal pathogens.

- Natural and induced resistance mechanisms against plant pathogenic fungi and bacteria.

- The use of (bio)surfactants for the control of zoospore-producing plant pathogens.

- The role of the plant hormones abscisic acid and salicylic acid in plant-pathogen interactions.

Research projects

  • Characterization of molecular mechanisms underlying rhizobacteria-mediated systemic resistance in rice
  • Pythium spp. in the tropical aerobic rice cultivation: identification, intraspecific variability, pathogenicity and disease resistance.
  • Study of the role of amino acid metabolism and peroxisomal enzymes in disease resistance
  • The role of brassinosteroids in the interaction of rice (Oryza sativa) with Magnaporthe oryzae (blast) and Cochliobolus miyabeanus (brown spot)
  • Phytotoxin production by C. miyabeanus, the causal agent of rice brown spot
  • Endophytic fungi and plants: intriguing interactions
  • Phytophthora clade 8b species in winter grown field vegetables: occurrence, phylogeny, host adaptation and epidemiology.
  • The Role of ABA in The Resistance of Rice Against Xanthomonas Oryzae pv Oryzae.
  • Silicon-induced broad spectrum disease resistance in rice (Oryza sativa L.)
  • Integrated control of soilborne fungal pathogens in vegetable production in Vietnam
  • Broad-spectrum disease resistance in rice: Characterization of sheath rot pathogens on rice and their relation with abiotic stress conditions in Rwanda