ENSA scientist, Simona Radutoiu has been elected as a member of EMBO in recognition of her outstanding achievements in plant molecular biology with a special focus on the interaction between plants and microbes.

Simona studies how plants use their distinct genetic tools to select and accommodate beneficial microbes in their roots and rhizosphere. The long-term goal is to use the basic understanding to improve the ability of plant crops to select, associate and benefit from these microbial interactions in sustainable agriculture that limits the use of artificial fertilizer.

It is a great honour and international recognition to be elected as a member of EMBO, as only the best researchers in life science are elected as a member. It is the current members of EMBO who nominate potential members.

This year, 67 new members and associate members of EMBO are elected worldwide from 27 different countries, including another researcher from Denmark, namely Jens Nielsen from the University of Copenhagen.

In Denmark, 32 researchers are members of EMBO – of which now five come from the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics (Poul Nissen, Jens Stougaard, Gregers Rom Andersen, Torben Heick Jensen and now Simona Radutoiu).