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Louis Grillet, Assistant Professor


2009–2012      Ph.D., Laboratory of Plant Molecular Biology and Physiology, INRAE, Montpellier, France – Advisor: Dr. Stéphane Mari

2007–2009      Master’s Degree in Plant Biology (University of Rennes, France).

2006–2007      Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Biochemistry (University of Nantes, France).

Professional experience

2020–now       Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural Chemistry, National Taiwan University

2013–2020      Postdoc, Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academia Sinica                         Advisor: Dr. Wolfgang Schmidt


As sessile organisms, plants cannot move to escape adverse conditions. They instead attempt to modify their immediate environment by secreting metabolites. A typical example of this lies in the nutrition in essential trace metal elements such as iron, zinc and copper. While these elements are generally present in sufficient amount in soils, their solubility is low, causing problems of deficiencies that are deleterious for crop yield. As an adaptation, plants evolved to secrete molecules that can enhance the bioavailability of these elements, in particular iron. The ability of plants to efficiently acquire iron at high pH is the major determinant of their calcicole behavior. Interestingly, the inability to grow in such conditions can be rescued by the presence of a calcicole neighboring plant, demonstrating that in these iron-scarce conditions, plants collaborate rather than compete. We are interested in understanding the physiological and biochemical effect of root-secreted molecules, a small subset of the hundreds thousands metabolites produced by plants.

We study different plant species for different purposes. Our current models are mungbean, rice and Arabidopsis for the speed and access to molecular biology tools. Different species secrete different molecules and we are interested in understanding how plant can interact with each other in the field. Working on crops also allows us to translate our findings into applications that can hopefully prove useful for agriculture.


Amanda Yan-Tzi Huang

Lab Manager

Lisa En-Jung Hsieh


Francis Xiao-Wei Liao

Master's student

Ching-Yuan Zhang

Master's student

Leo Chu-Han Cheng

Master's student

Alex Shu-Jong Chang

Master's student

Jimmy Chau-Chun Liu

Master's student

Pauline Christina

Undergraduate student

Yvonne Kartolo

Undergraduate student



Jenny Zheng-Lin Kuo

Undergraduate student

Eric Bao-Xiu Luo

Successfully graduated


National Taiwan University, Department of Agricultural Chemistry.

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