Ruth Schmidt

Postdoctoral fellow candidate

Supervisor: Etienne Yergeau
Start: 2018-02-01
End: 2020-01-31
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Novel holobiont-based approaches to rapidly adapt wheat to drought stress
Major consequences of climate change include pathogen pressure and increased frequency and severity of drought events. The project focuses on wheat resistance and resilience to drought stress of the holobiont (the inseparable combination of the plant and its associated microbiota). The overall objective is to better understand and harness holobiont adaptation/evolution mechanisms to improve within a single or a few generations the resistance and resilience of wheat to water stress, preventing yield losses.


climate change, drought, Holobiont, microbial engineering, Microbiome


1- The future of ecology is collaborative, inclusive and deconstructs biases
Ramirez, Kelly S., Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Jenn Burt, Graciela Gil-Romera, Rebecca F. Johnson, Amanda M. Koltz, Iara Lacher, Terry McGlynn, Karina J. Nielsen, Ruth Schmidt, Juniper L. Simonis, Casey P. terHorst, Kika Tuff
2017 Nature Ecology & Evolution

2- Fungal volatile compounds induce production of the secondary metabolite Sodorifen in Serratia plymuthica PRI-2C
Schmidt, Ruth, Victor de Jager, Daniela Zühlke, Christian Wolff, Jörg Bernhardt, Katarina Cankar, Jules Beekwilder, Wilfred van Ijcken, Frank Sleutels, Wietse de Boer, Katharina Riedel, Paolina Garbeva
2017 Scientific Reports

3- Controlling the Microbiome: Microhabitat Adjustments for Successful Biocontrol Strategies in Soil and Human Gut
Adam, Eveline, Anneloes E. Groenenboom, Viola Kurm, Magdalena Rajewska, Ruth Schmidt, Olaf Tyc, Simone Weidner, Gabriele Berg, Wietse de Boer, Joana Falcão Salles
2016 Frontiers in Microbiology

4- Microbial Small Talk: Volatiles in Fungal–Bacterial Interactions
Schmidt, Ruth, Desalegn W. Etalo, Victor de Jager, Saskia Gerards, Hans Zweers, Wietse de Boer, Paolina Garbeva
2016 Frontiers in Microbiology

5- Exploring the genomic traits of fungus-feeding bacterial genus Collimonas
Song, Chunxu, Ruth Schmidt, Victor de Jager, Dorota Krzyzanowska, Esmer Jongedijk, Katarina Cankar, Jules Beekwilder, Anouk van Veen, Wietse de Boer, Johannes A. van Veen, Paolina Garbeva
2015 BMC Genomics

6- Volatile affairs in microbial interactions
Schmidt, Ruth, Viviane Cordovez, Wietse de Boer, Jos Raaijmakers, Paolina Garbeva
2015 The ISME Journal

7- Effects of bacterial inoculants on the indigenous microbiome and secondary metabolites of chamomile plants
Schmidt, Ruth, Martina Köberl, Amr Mostafa, Elshahat M. Ramadan, Marlene Monschein, Kenneth B. Jensen, Rudolf Bauer, Gabriele Berg
2014 Frontiers in Microbiology

8- The microbiome of medicinal plants: diversity and importance for plant growth, quality and health
Köberl, Martina, Ruth Schmidt, Elshahat M. Ramadan, Rudolf Bauer, Gabriele Berg
2013 Frontiers in Microbiology