Viviane Cordovez

Dr. Viviane Cordovez

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Visiting Address

Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands



I am fascinated by the interactions between plants and their microbiomes. In my research, I investigate their potential for plant growth and protection against plant pathogens.


Over the past 10 years, my research has focused on the impact of plant-associated microorganisms on plant growth and health by coupling culturomic, metabolomic and genomic approaches. Currently, I am leading a research project on the diversity and functions of yeasts associated with plant leaves. In particularly, we explore their spatial and temporal distribution, interactions, and genomes to get insight into their ecology as well as their potential for crop protection against pathogens. I am also involved in different international consortia investigating the impact of plant domestication on the microbial community composition and functions.

Research groups



  • 2022–Present
    Group Leader, NIOO-KNAW
  • 2020–2019
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Leiden University
  • 2016–2019
    Postdoctoral Researcher, NIOO-KNAW


  • 2011–2016
    PhD Microbial Ecology & Phytopathology (Wageningen University,The Netherlands)
  • 2009–2011
    MSc Plant Biotechnology (Wageningen University,The Netherlands)
  • 2004–2008
    BSc Biology (State University of Maringa, Brazil)


EPS Talent Program
Budget: €200,000

PhD students

  • 2020–Present
    Linda Gouka
    Promotors and Copromotors: Jos Raaijmakers, Lars Hansen, Viviane Cordovez
  • 2019–Present
    Stalin Sarango
    Promotors and Copromotors: Jos Raaijmakers, Pieter van 't Hof
  • 2015–2020
    Kay Moisan
    Promotors and Copromotors: Jos Raaijmakers, Marcel Dicke, Viviane Cordovez, Dani Lucas-Barbosa


Key publications

Projects & collaborations


  • Galapagos Microbiome Project

    Project 2023–Present
    An international research team led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) is to search for invisible life in the Galápagos Islands. The diversity of bacteria and other microscopic organisms may not be evident to the naked eye, but it is essential to nature. To the islands' giant daisies, for instance: unique endemic plants that are currently under threat.
    Scalesia woods on Galapagos Islands. Photo: Gonzalo Rivas-Torres
  • Matrix - Diversity and functions of the phyllosphere microbiome

    Project 2020–2025
    In this project we study the taxonomic and functional diversity of the phyllosphere microbiome of wheat. Together with our Danish and US partners, we isolate and characterize yeasts and bacteria living on and in the flag leaf of wheat. The ultimate goal is to identify novel phyllosphere microbes that contribute to tolerance of wheat plants exposed to abiotic and biotic stresses.
    Phyllosphere microbes
  • Back to the Roots - II

    Project 2016–2023
    The overall goal of the project is to conduct an in-depth analysis of the biodiversity and functions of microorganisms in the spermosphere and (endo)rhizosphere of ancestors of different crops species grown in their native habitat.
    Microbial diversity on plants