Anna Maria Pirttilä, Ph. D., Docent

Ecology and Genetics

University of Oulu

PO Box 3000

Linnanmaa J1

FIN-90014 Oulu, Finland

tel. 358-294 48 1545


When you look at the world from the perspective of a microbe, a plant or an animal does not look that different. Microbes see us as reservoirs of nutrients that they need, and they take them, either by good or bad means.
We are interested especially in the beneficial (mutualistic) interactions of microbes with plants and humans. Plants are inhabited by bacteria and fungi in all their tissues. Humans are colonized by mainly bacteria in the gut tissues. In general, it is overwhelming how much microbes can affect host health both in human and in plant. We look at these symbiotic microbes especially from the point of view on how they infect and interact with their hosts, which kind of compounds are exchanged, and how the microbes benefit the host species. We look at specific patterns in these interactions for focusing out and applying to other fields, such as health and environmental technology.

The projects of the symbiosis group are:

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