Uta Paszkowski

Uta Paszkowski

Head of Cereal Symbiosis Group

Research group: Cereal symbiosis

Uta Paszkowski


Uta Paszkowski is Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics at the Department of Plant Sciences of the University of Cambridge and leads the Cereal Symbiosis Group at the Crop Science Centre. She did her undergraduate studies at the University Cologne (Germany) gaining a Master (Diplom) degree in phytopathology at the Max-Planck Institute for Plant Breeding. Uta received her PhD in Biotechnology at the ETH-Zurich (Switzerland) and conducted two postdocs on molecular genetics of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis at the University Basel (Switzerland) and the Torrey Mesa Research Institute in San Diego (USA). She started her own research group at the University of Geneva (Switzerland), followed by an Assistant Professorship position at the University Lausanne (Switzerland) before moving to Cambridge University in October 2012 where she now is a full professor. Her research investigates molecular mechanisms underlying formation and functioning of arbuscular mycorrhizal symbioses in rice and maize with a particular focus on plant-fungal communication.



Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi induce lateral root development in angiosperms via a conserved set of MAMP receptors.

Date: 6 June 2023

Contributors: Chiu CH, Roszak P, Orvošová M, Paszkowski U.

Journal: Current Biology


A highly contiguous genome assembly reveals sources of genomic novelty in the symbiotic fungus Rhizophagus irregularis.

Date: 1 June 2023

Contributors: Manley BF, Lotharukpong JS, Barrera-Redondo J, Llewellyn T, Yildirir G, Sperschneider J, Corradi N,

Journal: G3 Genes|Genomes|Genetics,


Nutrient regulation of lipochitooligosaccharide recognition in plants via NSP1 and NSP2

Date: 28 October 2022

Contributors: Xin-Ran Li, Jongho Sun, Doris Albinsky, Darius Zarrabian, Raphaella Hull, Tak Lee, Edwin Jarratt-Barnham, Chai Hao Chiu, Amy Jacobsen, Eleni Soumpourou, Alessio Albanese, Wouter Kohlen, Leonie H. Luginbuehl, Bruno Guillotin, Tom Lawrensen, Hui Lin, Jeremy Murray, Emma Wallington, Wendy Harwood, Jeongmin Choi, Uta Paszkowski & Giles E. D. Oldroyd

Journal: Nature Communications


Conditioning plants for arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis through DWARF14-LIKE signalling.

Date: 2 August 2021

Contributors: Hull R, Choi J, Paszkowski U

Journal: Current Opinion in Plant Biology


How membrane receptors tread the fine balance between symbiosis and immunity signaling.

Date: 3 June 2021

Contributors: Chiu CH, Paszkowski U

Journal: PNAS


A mycorrhiza-associated receptor-like kinase with an ancient origin in the green lineage

Date: 11 May 2021

Contributors: Héctor Montero, Tak Lee, Boas Pucker, Gabriel Ferreras-Garrucho, Giles Oldroyd, Samuel F. Brockington, Akio Miyao, Uta Paszkowski

Journal: PNAS


The genetic architecture of host response reveals the importance of arbuscular mycorrhizae to maize cultivation

Date: 23 November 2020

Contributors: M. Rosario Ramírez-Flores, Sergio Perez-Limón, Meng Li, Benjamin Barrales-Gamez, Doris Albinsky, Uta Paszkowski, Víctor Olalde-Portugal and Ruairidh J. H. Sawers

Journal: Plant Biology


The negative regulator SMAX1 controls mycorrhizal symbiosis and strigolactone biosynthesis in rice

Date: 30 April 2020

Contributors: Jeongmin Choi, Tak Lee, Jungnam Cho, Emily K. Servante, Boas Pucker, William Summers, Sarah Bowden, Mehran Rahimi, Kyungsook An, Gynheung An, Harro J. Bouwmeester, Emma J. Wallington, Giles Oldroyd and Uta Paszkowski

Journal: Nature Communications


Arbuscular mycorrhizal phenotyping: the do’s and don’t’s

Date: 17 September 2018

Contributors: Hector Montero, Jeongmin Choi, Uta Paszkowski

Journal: New Phytologist


Mechanisms Underlying Establishment of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbioses

Date: 1 June 2018

Contributors: Jeongmin Choi, William Summers, Uta Paszkowski,

Journal: Annual Review of Phytopathology


Independent Signalling Cues Underpin Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis and Large Lateral Root Induction in Rice

Date: 30 November 2017

Contributors: Chai Hao Chiu, Jeongmin Choi, Uta Paszkowski

Journal: New Phytologist


Rice Perception of Symbiotic Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi Requires the Karrikin Receptor Complex

Date: 18 December 2015

Contributors: Caroline Gutjahr, Enrico Gobbato, Jeongmin Choi, Michael Riemann, Matthew G. Johnston, William Summers, Samy Carbonnel, Catherine Mansfield, Shu-Yi Yang, Marina Nadal, Ivan Acosta, Makoto Takano, Wen-Biao Jiao, Korbinian Schneeberger, Krystyna A. Kelly and Uta Paszkowski

Journal: Science

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