Research presentation

Sandra A. I. Wright

Sandra A. I. Wright, docent i växtpatologi och universitetslektor i biologi.

Research presentation

Sandra A. I. Wright

Associate Professor in Plant Pathology / Senior Lecturer in Biology

Research subject: Biologi

Dr. Wright has conducted research that focuses on understanding how plant diseases can be prevented by promoting and applying microorganisms that are beneficial to plants. The aim is to develop sustainable, future Horticulture and Agriculture. Her research interests include: uncovering the interactions among plant-associated microorganisms, and the study of plant-microbe interactions and of plant diseases in general. Secondary metabolites in microorganisms and plants are effective against competing microorganisms and active in the physiology of plants; determining their biosynthetic and biodegradation pathways has permeated her research. Long, International research and educational collaboration is a natural consequence of her International career, which has led to new contacts and new, basic research results through a prestigious visiting lectureship (so called 'Rientro dei cervelli'), which she was awarded in order to stay at Università degli Studi del Molise in Italy (2006-2010).

See also Dr. Wright's page in ResearchGate.


Biodegradation of phenolic compounds and of monomers of lignin. We are working on uncovering novel biodegradation products, and learning about new biodegradation pathways.



Scholarly articles, refereed

Rönnander, J. & Wright, S. (2021). Growth of wood-inhabiting yeasts of the Faroe Islands in the presence of spent sulphite liquor.. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek. International Journal of General and Molecular Microbiology. 10.1007/s10482-021-01543-5 [More information]
Bui, T., Wright, S., Falk, A., Vanwalleghem, T., Van Hemelrijck, W., Hertog, M., Keulemans, J. & Davey, M. (2019). Botrytis cinerea differentially induces postharvest antioxidant responses in 'Braeburn' and 'Golden Delicious' apple fruit. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, 99 (13), 5662-5670. 10.1002/jsfa.9827 [More information]
Rönnander, J., Ljunggren, J., Hedenström, E. & Wright, S. (2018). Biotransformation of vanillin into vanillyl alcohol by a novel strain of Cystobasidium laryngis isolated from decaying wood. AMB Express, 8 (1). 10.1186/s13568-018-0666-4 [More information]
Pinedo, C., Wright, S., Collado, I., Goss, R., Castoria, R., Hrelia, P., Maffei, F. & Durán-Patrón, R. (2018). Isotopic Labeling Studies Reveal the Patulin Detoxification Pathway by the Biocontrol Yeast Rhodotorula kratochvilovae LS11. Journal of Natural Products, 81 (12), 2692-2699. 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.8b00539 [More information]
Puglisi, I., De Patrizio, A., Schena, L., Jung, T., Evoli, M., Pane, A., Van Hoa, N., Van Tri, M., Wright, S., Ramstedt, M., Olsson, C., Faedda, R., Magnano di San Lio, G. & Cacciola, S. (2017). Two previously unknown <em>Phytophthora</em> species associated with brown rot of Pomelo (<em>Citrus grandis</em>) fruits in Vietnam. PLOS ONE, 12 (2). 10.1371/journal.pone.0172085 [More information]
Van Tri, M., Van Hoa, N., Minh Chau, N., Pane, A., Faedda, R., De Patrizio, A., Schena, L., Olsson, C., Wright, S., Ramstedt, M. & Cacciola, S. (2015). Decline of jackfruit (<em>Artocarpus heterophyllus</em>) incited by <em>Phytophthora palmivora</em> in Vietnam. Phytopathologia Mediterranea, 54 (2), 275-280. 10.14601/Phytopathol_Mediterr-15008 [More information]
Wright, S. (2015). Patulin in food. Current Opinion in Food Science, 5, 105-109. 10.1016/j.cofs.2015.10.003 [More information]
Wright, S., de Felice, D., Ianiri, G., Pinedo-Rivilla, C., De Curtis, F. & Castoria, R. (2014). Two rapid assays for screening of patulin biodegradation. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 11 (5), 1387-1398. 10.1007/s13762-013-0325-x [More information]
Wright, S., Azarang, M. & Falk, A. (2013). Barley lesion mimics, supersusceptible or highly resistant to leaf rust and net blotch. Plant Pathology, 62 (5), 982-992. 10.1111/ppa.12007 [More information]
Oksinska, M., Pietr, S. & Wright, S. (2013). Resistance to oxidation products of caffeic acid is important for efficient colonization of wheat seedlings by Pseudomonas proteolytica strain PSR114. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment. Applied Soil Ecology, 66, 71-80. 10.1016/j.apsoil.2013.02.002 [More information]
Ianiri, G., Idnurm, A., Wright, S., Durán-Patrón, R., Mannina, L., Ferracane, R., Ritieni, A. & Castoria, R. (2013). Searching for Genes Responsible for Patulin Degradation in a Biocontrol Yeast Provides Insights into the Basis for Resistance to This Mycotoxin. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79 (9), 3101-3115. 10.1128/AEM.03851-12 [More information]
Oksinska, M., Wright, S. & Pietr, S. (2011). Colonization of wheat seedlings (Triticum aestivum L.) by strains of Pseudomonas spp. with respect to their nutrient utilization profiles. European journal of soil biology, 47 (6), 364-373. 10.1016/j.ejsobi.2011.08.005 [More information]
Castoria, R., Mannina, L., Duran-Patron, R., Maffei, F., Sobolev, A., De Felice, D., Pinedo-Rivilla, C., Ritieni, A., Ferracane, R. & Wright, S. (2011). Conversion of the Mycotoxin Patulin to the Less Toxic Desoxypatulinic Acid by the Biocontrol Yeast Rhodosporidium kratochvilovae Strain LS11. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 59 (21), 11571-11578. 10.1021/jf203098v [More information]
Ianiri, G., Wright, S., Castoria, R. & Idnurm, A. (2011). Development of resources for the analysis of gene function in Pucciniomycotina red yeasts. Fungal Genetics and Biology, 48 (7), 685-695. 10.1016/j.fgb.2011.03.003 [More information]
Amein, T., Wright, S., Wikstroem, M., Koch, E., Schmitt, A., Stephan, D., Jahn, M., Tinivella, F., Gullino, M., Forsberg, G., Werner, S., van der Wolf, J. & Groot, S. (2011). Evaluation of non-chemical seed treatment methods for control of Alternaria brassicicola on cabbage seeds. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, 118 (6), 214-221. [More information]
Koch, E., Schmitt, A., Stephan, D., Kromphardt, C., Jahn, M., Krauthausen, H., Forsberg, G., Werner, S., Amein, T., Wright, S., Tinivella, F., Gullino, M., Roberts, S., van der Wolf, J. & Groot, S. (2010). Evaluation of non-chemical seed treatment methods for the control of Alternaria dauci and A. radicina on carrot seeds. European journal of plant pathology, 127 (1), 99-112. 10.1007/s10658-009-9575-3 [More information]
Tinivella, F., Hirata, L., Celan, M., Wright, S., Amein, T., Schmitt, A., Koch, E., Wolf, J., Groot, S., Stephan, D., Garibaldi, A. & Gullino, M. (2009). Control of seed-borne pathogens on legumes by microbial and other alternative seed treatments. European journal of plant pathology, 123 (2), 139-151. 10.1007/s10658-008-9349-3 [More information]
Schmitt, A., Koch, E., Stephan, D., Kromphardt, C., Jahn, M., Krauthausen, H., Forsberg, G., Werner, S., Amein, T., Wright, S., Tinivella, F., van der Wolf, J. & Groot, S. (2009). Evaluation of non-chemical seed treatment methods for the control of Phoma valerianellae on lamb’s lettuce seeds. Journal of Plant Diseases and Protection, 116 (5), 200-207. [More information]
Amein, T., Olsson, C., Wikstrom, M. & Wright, S. (2006). First report in Sweden of downy mildew on parsley caused by Plasmopara petroselini. Plant Disease, 90 (1), 111-111. 10.1094/PD-90-0111A [More information]
Johansson, P. & Wright, S. (2003). Low-temperature isolation of disease-suppressive bacteria and characterization of a distinctive group of pseudomonads. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 69 (11), 6464-6474. 10.1128/AEM.69.11.6464-6474.2003 [More information]
Jin, M., Liu, L., Wright, S., Beer, S. & Clardy, J. (2003). Structural and functional analysis of pantocin A : An antibiotic from Pantoea agglomerans discovered by heterologous expression of cloned genes. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 42 (25), 2898-2901. 10.1002/anie.200351053 [More information]
Jin, M., Wright, S., Beer, S. & Clardy, J. (2003). The biosynthetic gene cluster of pantocin A provides insights into biosynthesis and a tool for screening. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 42 (25), 2902-2905. 10.1002/anie.200351054 [More information]
Vinnere, O., Fatehi, J., Wright, S. & Gerhardson, B. (2002). The causal agent of anthracnose of Rhododendron in Sweden and Latvia. Mycological Research, 106 (1), 60-69. 10.1017/S0953756201005366 [More information]
Wright, S., Zumoff, C., Schneider, L. & Beer, S. (2001). Pantoea agglomerans strain EH318 produces two antibiotics that inhibit Erwinia amylovora in vitro. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 67 (1), 284-292. 10.1128/AEM.67.1.284-292.2001 [More information]
Brady, S., Wright, S., Lee, J., Sutton, A., Zumoff, C., Wodzinski, R., Beer, S. & Clardy, J. (1999). Pantocin B, an antibiotic from Erwinia herbicola discovered by heterologous expression of cloned genes. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 121 (50), 11912-11913. 10.1021/ja992790m [More information]

Doctoral thesis

Wright, S. (1997). The genetics of antibiotic production and the role of antibiotics in biological control of Erwinia amylovora by Erwinia herbicola. Diss. , 1997. Ann Arbor: Cornell University. xiii, 294 p. External link [More information]

Book chapters

Aboul-Ata, A., Vitti, A., Nuzzaci, M., El-Attar, A., Piazzolla, G., Tortorella, C., Harandi, A., Olson, O., Wright, S. & Piazzolla, P. (2014). Plant-Based Vaccines : Novel and Low-Cost Possible Route for Mediterranean Innovative Vaccination Strategies. Advances in Virus Research. Elsevier. P. 1-37. 10.1016/B978-0-12-800172-1.00001-X [More information]
Castoria, R. & Wright, S. (2010). Host responses to biological control agents. Post-harvest pathology. Dordrecht: Springer Netherlands. P. 171-181. 10.1007/978-1-4020-8930-5_12 [More information]

Conference papers

Falk, A., Lindström, S., Mattsson, M. & Wright, S. (2018). Influence of some weather parameters on the susceptibility of apple fruit to postharvest grey mould attack. Proceedings 2018. P. 124-127. External link [More information]
Wright, S. & Rönnander, J. (2018). Novel biodegradation of vanillin by a woodinhabiting isolate of <em>Cystobasidium sp.</em>. Book of abstracts : International Specialized Symposium on Yeasts ISSY 34. P. 114-114. [More information]
Wright, S., Jin, M., Clardy, J. & Beer, S. (2006). The Biosynthetic genes of pantocin A and pantocin B of Pantoea agglomerans Eh318. Proceedings of the 10th International Workshop on Fire Blight. P. 313-319. [More information]
Wright, S. & Beer, S. (2002). Genes for biosynthesis of pantocin A and B by Pantoea agglomerans Eh318. Proceedings of the 9th international workshop on fire blight. P. 237-241. [More information]
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