Amanda McRae and Mandy Li
Arabidopsis Stains
Mary Wildermuth and Michael Steinwand
Graduate students Michael and Becky looking at data
Rebecca Mackelprang, Mary Wildermuth, Yessica Wiryawan

Welcome to the lab of Mary WIldermuth at UC Berkeley. This site is under construction. Please come back soon. 

The Wildermuth Lab in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley investigates mechanisms mediating plant-microbe interactions. 

Plants are continuously exposed to disease-causing microbes, resulting in estimated global crop loss of 14% per year.  As our climate changes, enhanced environmental stress can increase the susceptibility of crops to pathogens and pathogens can invade new environments.  In addition, beneficial plant-microbe interactions that increase crop productivity are also impacted by environmental change. 

By understanding the basic mechanisms underlying plant-microbe interactions we can predict how these interactions may change in response to altered environmental conditions and can maintain our agronomic productivity by augmenting the plant’s own responses.  In addition, basic research on phytohormones and plant disease resistance has led to discoveries in human innate immunity and elucidated fundamental biological processes. 

Homecoming Seminar for Cal Alumni & Parents

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Mary Wildermuth presents "Strategies Plants Use to Fend Off Their Enemies". Homecoming Faculty Seminar Sat Oct 11 from 3:30-4:30 in Genetics & Plant Biology Building Room 100

New initiative with DOE JGI focuses on powdery mildew comparative genomics

With resources from the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (DOE JGI), a DOE Office of Science user facility, UC Berkeley Plant and Microbial Biology Associate Professor Mary Wildermuth and Professor Shauna Somerville, also affiliated with the Energy Biosciences Institute, will lead a team of international researchers to obtain genome sequences for eleven powdery mildew fungi that are phylogenetically diverse and adapted to very different host plants.
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