Ana Shein

Ana Shein

PhD Student
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Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands



My research contributes to a better understanding of plants' interactions with beneficial microbes under herbivory stress. In particular, I focus on chemical communication by studying the root volatilome of plant-microbe interactions.


I am part of the MiRA (Microbial Induced Resistance to Agricultural Pests) Marie-Curie ITN. My PhD project focuses on root-beneficial microbe interactions of tomato plants under herbivory stress (Spodoptera exigua). During my PhD I covered various topics:

  • Screening for beneficial microbes that can induce systemic resistance against insect pests under different experimental conditions
  • Impact of microbial inoculants (single species and synthetic community) on native rhizosphere communities.
  • Impact of microbial inoculants on rhizosphere volatilome, with special focus on roots colonized by arbsucular mycorrhiza fungi.
  • Genetic and methodological dependency of root volatilome characterization under herbivory stress

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PhD candidate in plant-microbe interactions


  • 2015–2017
    MSc Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology (Complutense University, Madrid)
  • 2009–2014
    BSc Biology (Complutense University, Madrid)

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