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Our soil is more than dark, crumbly earth. Countless microorganisms live in it. How they develop, reproduce and influence plants is crucial for agriculture. Bart Thomma researches microscopic soil fungi that attack plants as pests and cause diseases. But how can these fungi outsmart the plants' defense mechanisms?

This video was recently shot by the University of Cologne introducing Bart Thomma as Alexander von Humboldt Professor of Evolutionary Microbiology at the Universität zu Köln (and testing his abilities to speak german).

Professor Bart Thomma will come to the UoC’s CEPLAS Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences with Germany’s most prestigious research prize.

With Professor Bart Thomma, the University of Cologne has the prospect of recruiting an international top researcher in the field of microbiology. With the Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2021, the Dutch scientist has been granted Germany’s most highly endowed research award – five million euros will allow Thomma to develop his research in his first five years at the University of Cologne.