Molecular Phytopathology

Dr. Elisabeth Tamayo-Martínez


  • Post-doctoral fellow (Since February 2019): Molecular Phytopathology Department, Botanical Institute, KIT
  • Short stay (2012) Laboratory of Prof. Dr. A. Dancis. Department of Medicine. Perelman School of Medicine. University of Pennsylvania (USA).
  • PhD (2010-2017): “Study of the mechanisms of iron homeostasis in the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis” Advisor: Dr. Nuria Ferrol. Department of Soil Microbiology and Symbiotic Systems, Zaidín Experimental Station (CSIC) and University of Granada, Spain.
  • Masters of Science (2007-2009): University of Málaga, Spain
  • Bachelor of Science (2001-2007): University of Málaga, Spain


  1. Tamayo E, Knight SAB, Valderas A, Dancis A, Ferrol N (2018). The arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis uses a reductive iron assimilation pathway for high-affinity iron uptake. Environmental Microbiology 20, 1857-1872. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.14121
  2. Ferrol N, Tamayo E*, Vargas P* (2016). The heavy metal paradox in arbuscular mycorrhizas: from mechanisms to biotechnological applications. Journal of Experimental Botany 67, 6253-6265. doi: 10.1093/jxb/erw403. [*These authors contributed equally to this work].
  3. Tamayo E, Benabdellah K, Ferrol N (2016). Characterization of three new glutaredoxin genes in the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis: Putative role of RiGRX4 and RiGRX5 in iron homeostasis. PLoS One 11: e0149606. doi: 10.1371/ journal.pone.0149606.
  4. Tamayo E, Gómez-Gallego T, Azcón-Aguilar C, Ferrol N (2014). Genome-wide analysis of copper, iron and zinc transporters in the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus Rhizophagus irregularis. Frontiers in Plant Science 5, 547. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00547.

Book chapters

  1. Tamayo E, Gómez-Gallego T, Ferrol N (2020). Functional analysis of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal genes in yeast. In: Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi: Methods and Protocols, Methods in Molecular Biology, vol. 2146 (Eds.: N. Ferrol, L. Lanfranco). Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0603-2_15. 
  2. Saia S, Tamayo E, Schillaci C, De Vita P (2020). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and nutrient cycling in cropping systems. In: Sustainable Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling in Soil. (Eds.: R Datta, SI Pathan, MT Ceccherini, RS Meena) Springer, pp. 87-115. doi: 10.1007/978-981-13-7264-3_4