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
  • Fungal Secondary Metabolism

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

Atanasova et al. (2018) The Gpr1-regulated Sur7 family protein Sfp2 is required for hyphal growth and cell wall stability in the mycoparasite Trichoderma atroviride. Sci Rep. 2018 Aug 13;8(1):12064. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-30500-y
Lichius & Zeilinger (2019). Application of Membrane and Cell Wall Selective Fluorescent Dyes for Live-Cell Imaging of Filamentous Fungi. J Vis Exp. 2019 Nov 28;(153). doi: 10.3791/60613.
Speckbacher et al. (2020). The Trichoderma atroviride Strains P1 and IMI 206040 Differ in Their Light-Response and VOC Production. Molecules 25(1):208; DOI: 10.3390/molecules25010208

 

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

  • 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, Postdoc

    Postdoc; TOR kinase signaling; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • GRÜNDLINGER Mario, Postdoc

    Postdoc; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • FLATSCHACHER Daniel, MSc

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

    PhD student; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.