Dr. Pierre-Emmanuel Courty

I made my PhD and my first post doctoral position in Dr. Martin’s laboratory at the Institut National de Recherches Agronomiques de Nancy (France), which is an outstanding research place and is worldwide recognized in the mycorrhizal community. Then, I worked in the group of Prof. Dr. Boller at the University of Basel as a post-doc. Now, I am currently working as Principal Investigator (Ambizione grant from SNF, see website).

I have carried out research on an emerging research field, namely the study of the functional diversity of mycorrhizal communities and their implication in biogeochemical cycles using different integrative approaches. I describe mycorrhizal fungal biodiversity and their role in the mobilisation, the exchange and circulation of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus between plants and the soil both in forest ecosystems and in greenhouse experiments.

Research topics:

  • Ecology and role of mycorrhizal communities
  • Mycoheterotrophy
  • Common Mycorrhizal Networks
  • Nutrient transport in mycorrhizal symbiosis
  • Mobilisation of nutrients from soil organic matter
  • Sustainable agriculture and global change


  • Plant root pathogens
  • Responses of plants and their mycorrhizal symbionts to environmental change
  • Functional genomics on plants (Medicago, Sorghum and Poplar) and fungi (Glomus intraradices, Laccaria bicolor, Paxillus involutus)
  • Signalling pathways