Molecular mycology and mycoparasitism

Our research focuses on microbial interactions with a special emphasis on fungal mycoparasites. We investigate molecular details of gene regulation of the interaction partners and signal transduction processes involved in microbial communication and recognition processes. We further investigate fungal secondary metabolite production triggered by biotic and abiotic signals in efficient mycoparasitic biocontrol agents such as T. atroviride.

Topics

  • Microbial interactions and communication
  • Mycoparasitism and biocontrol
  • Signal transduction and target gene identification/characterization

Technologies

  • Microbial Molecular Biology
  • Genetic transformation of bacteria and fungi
  • Genome analysis and functional genomics
  • Transcriptomics: RT-qPCR, microarray analyses, RNAseq
  • Proteomics: enzyme kinetics, PAGE, protein-protein interaction studies

Key Publications

Holzlechner et al. (2016) Visualizing fungal metabolites during mycoparasitic interaction by MALDI mass spectrometry imaging. Proteomics. PMID: 26959280. This study for the first time presents MALDI MSI data for secondary metabolite release during active mycoparasitism
Gruber & Zeilinger (2014). The transcription factor TaSte12 mediates the regulatory role of the Tmk1 MAP kinase in mycoparasitism and vegetative hyphal fusion in the filamentous fungus Trichoderma atroviride. PLosONE. PMID: 25356841. This study unravels the complex integration of the Ste12 transcription factor as central regulator of various cellular functions relevant for mycoparasitism
Gruber et al. (2013). Comparative analysis of the repertoire of G protein-coupled receptors of three species of the fungal genus Trichoderma. BMC Microbiology. PMID: 23679152. This study identified novel candidate GPCRs for future research on the mechanisms underlying mycoparasitism and biocontrol in T. atroviride and T. virens

 

Group Leader

Univ. Prof. Dr. Susanne Zeilinger-Migsich

University of Innsbruck

Institute of Microbiology

Technikerstraße 25, 6020 Innsbruck

+43-512-507 51250

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Group Members

  • ABENDSTEIN Leoni, BSc

    MSc student; BiFC of plasma membrane sensors; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • ATANASOVA Lea, Dr.

    Postdoc; Biomolecular interactions in the fungal membrane; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • BAZAFKAN Hoda, Dr.

    Postdoc; TOR kinase signalling; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • GRUBER Sabine, Dr.

    Postdoc; Project leader T. atroviride chitin and chitosan; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • LICHIUS Alex, Dr.

    Postdoc; Live-cell imaging reporters for mycoparasitism; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • MORENO Dubraska, MSc

    PhD student; Pathways for chemotropic sensing of prey-derived signals; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SPECKBACHER Verena, MSc

    Secondary metabolite biosynthesis during the mycoparasitic fungus-fungus interaction; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SCHREINER Ulrike, technician

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  • SEGRETO Rossana, technician

    Technician; TOR kinase signaling; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • SCHENK Martina, BSc

    MSc student; TOR kinase signaling; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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