Xinya Pan

Xinya Pan MSc

PhD Student


Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands


I am a PhD student in the NWO-GROOT project: unwiring beneficial functions and regulatory networks in the plant endosphere.
My research aims to decipher endophytic microbial functions activated upon pathogen infection.




Projecten & samenwerkingen


  • Into Roots - Unwiring regulatory networks in the endophytic microbiome

    Project 2020–2025
    Plant roots are colonized by billions of microorganisms that affect plant growth and tolerance to (a)biotic stresses. Recently we discovered that plants infected by fungal pathogens actively recruit microbes inside their root tissue, the endosphere, for protection. Here we will investigate how plants under siege communicate with their microbiome and characterize the protective endophytic microbes, their genes and metabolites. With nano-microscopic techniques we will unwire where microbes live inside plant roots and express their protective traits. The obtained fundamental knowledge will provide a strong basis for developing innovative strategies that integrate microbiomes in plant breeding and sustainable crop protection.
    Group NWO Groot project