Our main research interest is to understand the underlying mechanisms of plant protection against (a)biotic stresses mediated by microorganisms. Our group is specialized in the development of new multidisciplinary approaches to systematically correlate microbial genes and biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs) to their functions in plants under stress. In addition, in our research programs also focus on the diversity, dynamics and beneficial functions of microorganisms associated with plants. In our team we study the functions and mechanisms of these microbes for plant protection to (a)biotic stresses, such as fungal pathogens or drought.