Ulrike Mathesius

Professor Ulrike Mathesius

Chief Investigator, ARC Training Centre for Future Crops Development

Head of Division of Plant Sciences, Research School of Biology, Australian National University

Ulrike Mathesius

Areas of Research Interest –

Biological nitrogen fixation, root-microbe interactions, rhizosphere signals, flavonoids, metabolic engineering

Expertise & Skills –

Legume biology, microscopy, mass spectrometry, legume transformation, legume interactions with bacteria and nematodes

5 Key Research Papers –

Costa SR, Ng JLP, Mathesius U. Interaction of Symbiotic Rhizobia and Parasitic Root-Knot Nematodes in Legume Roots: From Molecular Regulation to Field Application. Mol Plant Microbe Interact. 2021 May;34(5):470-490.
Kawasaki A, Dennis PG, Forstner C, Raghavendra AKH, Mathesius U, Richardson AE, Delhaize E, Gilliham M, Watt M, Ryan PR. Manipulating exudate composition from root apices shapes the microbiome throughout the root system. Plant Physiol. 2021 Jul 22:kiab337.
Hassan, S. and Mathesius, U. (2012) The role of flavonoids in root-rhizosphere signaling – opportunities and challenges for improving plant-microbe interactions. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 3429-3444.
Ng JLP, Hassan, S, Truong TT, Hocart CH, Laffont C, Frugier F, Mathesius U (2015) Flavonoids and auxin transport inhibitors rescue symbiotic nodulation in the Medicago truncatula cytokinin perception mutant cre1. Plant Cell 27: 2210-2226.
Veliz-Vallejos DF, Kawasaki A, Mathesius U (2020) The presence of plant-associated bacteria alters responses to N-acyl homoserine lactone quorum sensing signals that modulate nodulation in Medicago truncatula, Plants 9: 777.

Available Research Projects –

Engineering rhizosphere signals for improved nitrogen-fixing symbioses in legumes


The ARC Training Centre for Accelerated Future Crops Development is funded by the Australian Research Council under its Industrial Transformation Training Hubs Program to run from 2022 to 2027.

It is a collaboration of universities, government research agencies and the Australian grains sector’s key stakeholders in training, R&D, social engagement, responsible innovation, breeding, marketing and delivery.

It also has international partners in gene-editing, SynBio, crop breeding, and, other partnerships for co-developing deep technologies to transform the agriculture industry and global food security.