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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: Biology

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.


  • Publications

Conference papers

Rönnander, J., Ljunggren, J. & Wright, S. (2019). Growth in Spent Sulphite Liquor and Biotransformation of Vanillin by Yeasts from Decaying Wood. The 35th International Specialized Symposium on Yeasts, 21-25 October 2019, Antalya, Turkey : Proceedings book. P. 124-124. [More information]
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. [More information]
Wright, S. & Rönnander, J. (2018). Novel biodegradation of vanillin by a wood-inhabiting isolate of <em>Cystobasidium sp.</em>. Book of abstracts : International Specialized Symposium on Yeasts ISSY 34. P. 114-114. [More information]
Ramstedt, M., Wright, S. & Olsson, C. (2011). <em>Phytophthora</em> sp. from coffee plantations in Vietnam - potential for host shifts and spread to forest plants. . [More information]
Olsson, C., Wright, S., Nguyen, T., Dang, V. & Ramstedt, M. (2011). <em>Phytophthora</em> species on citrus in Vietnam – potential for spread to forest plants. . [More information]
Wright, S., Ianiri, G., De Felice, D., Pinedo-Rivella, C., Idnurm, A., De Curtis, F., Lima, G., De Cicco, V., Durán-Patrón,, R. & Castoria, R. (2010). Detoxification of mycotoxins by yeast biocontrol agents – biochemical and molecular mechanisms. . [More information]
Castoria, R., Ianiri, C., Pinedo-Rivilla, D., de Felice, R., Durán Patrón, F., Maffrei, A., Idnurm, S. & Wright, S. (2010). Different aspects of the prevention of patulin accumulation by a biocontrol yeast. . [More information]
De Curtis, F., Quici, R., Ianiri, G., Palmgren, L., De Cicco, V., Castoria, R. & Wright, S. (2010). The influence of yeast origin and identity on modes of biodegradation of patulin by basidiomycetous pink yeasts. . [More information]
Pinedo-Rivilla, C., D´Apruzzo, P., Wright, S., Collado, I., Castoria, R. & Durán-Patrón, R. (2009). Biodegradation pathway of the mycotoxin patulin by <em>Rhodosporidium kratochvilovae</em>. . [More information]
Pinedo-Rivilla, C., D´Apruzzo, P., Wright, S., Collado, R., Castoria, R. & Durán-Patrón, R. (2009). Detoxification pathway of the mycotoxin patulin to the less toxic desoxypatulinic acid by <em>Rhodosporidium kratochvilovae</em>. . [More information]
Aboul-Ata, E., Aboul-Ata, A., El Attar, K., Soliman, A., Rezk, A., Wright, S., Mazyad, H., Harandi, A. & Olsson, O. (2009). Gene expression and gene suppression mechanisms for human and plant virus-infection control in Egypt: HCV, HSV-2, PVX-Eg2 and TYLCV. BIOSPECTRUM 2009, International symposium on, Second Green Revolution: Priorities, Programs, Social and Ethical Issues. P. 12-13. [More information]
De Curtis, F., Castoria, R., Palmgren, L., Ianiri, G. & Wright, S. (2009). Origin of plant-associated pink yeasts influences their biodiversity, biocontrol efficacy and ability to degrade patulin. . [More information]
De Curtis, F., Palmgren, L., Castoria, R., De Cicco, V. & Wright, S. (2009). Plant-Associated Pink Yeasts: Isolation, characterization and screening for biocontrol ability. . [More information]
Wright, S., Ianiri, G., de Felice, D. & Castoria, R. (2008). A rapid assay for patulin degradation by the basidiomycetous yeast Rhodotorula glutinis strain LS11. COST Action 924. Novel approaches for the control of postharvest diseases and disorders. P. 19-29. [More information]
Wright, S., Idnurm, A., Heitman, J., De Felice, D. & Castoria, R. (2007). Multiple modes of action of the yeast <em>Rhodotorula glutinis</em> LS11 in the biocontrol of <em>Penicillium expansum </em>on apple fruits. PS 16-867. XIII International Congress of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. P. 382-. [More information]
Falk, A., Gerhardson, B. & Wright, S. (2007). The role of an antifungal polyketide of a fluorescent pseudomonad in biological control. 7<sup>th</sup> International Conference on <em>Pseudomonas syringae</em> pathovars and related pathogens. P. 17-. [More information]
Celan, M., Azarang, M., Lyngs Jørgensen, H., Collinge, D. & Wright, S. (2006). Characterization of bacterial strains as biological control agents of powdery mildew of barley. . [More information]
Wright, S. & Beer, S. (2006). <em>Pantoea agglomerans</em>, a biocontrol agent and ubiquitous microorganism – friend or foe?. Biocontrol of Bacterial Plant Diseases 1<sup>st</sup> Symposium, Seeheim/Darmstadt, Germany, Oct 23-26, 2005. P. 334-338. [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]
Azarang, M., Collinge, D., Gerhardson, B., Johnsson, L. & Wright, S. (2004). An integrated approach to simultaneously control insect pests, powdery mildew and seed borne fungal diseases in barley by bacterial seed treatment. . P. 57-62. [More information]
Schmitt, A., Amein, T., Tinivella, F., van der Wolf, J., Roberts, S., Groot, S., Gullino, M., Wright, S. & Koch, E. (2004). Control of seed-borne pathogens on vegetables by microbial and other alternative seed treatments. Proceedings of the First World Conference on Organic Seeds, Rome, Italy, July 5-7, 2004. P. 120-123. [More information]
Wright, S., Schmitt, A. & Koch, E. (2004). Seed treatments for organic vegetable production. . [More information]
Wright, S., Bondesson, P., Thorsson, L., Azarang, M. & Gerhardson, B. (2003). Analysis of biocontrol deficient mutants in <em>Pseudomonas chlororaphis </em>reveals genes involved in regulation of biocontrol. Influence of A-Biotic and Biotic Factors on Biocontrol Agents, IOBC/wprs Bulletin Vol. 22(10). [More information]
Wright, S. & Gerhardson, B. (2003). Biocontrol mechansims of <em>Pseudomonas chlororaphis</em> in the spermosphere of barley. . [More information]
Wright, S., Bondesson, P., Thorsson, L., Azarang, M. & Gerhardson, B. (2002). Analysis of biocontrol mutants in <em>Pseudomonas chlororaphis </em>reveals genes involved in regulation of biocontrol. . [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]
Wright, S., Azarang, J., Borowicz, J. & Gerhardson, B. (2001). Biocontrol mechanisms of <em>Pseudomonas chlororaphis</em> strain MA 342. . [More information]
Wright, S., Somberg, A., Lindberg, A. & Gerhardson, B. (2001). Partial characterization of a genetic region for biosynthesis of a macrocyclic lactone. . [More information]
Wright, S., Azarang, M., Johnsson, L. & Gerhardson, B. (2001). <em>Pseudomonas chlororaphis</em> MA 342 - a multifaceted biocontrol agent. . [More information]
Wright, S., Borowicz, J., Svensson, M., Hökeberg, M. & Lindberg, A. (2000). Strains of a taxonomically distinct subgroup of <em>Pseudomonas</em> produce a for bacteria novel antifungal metabolite. . [More information]
Wright, S. & Gerhardson, B. (1999). Investigation of biocontrol factors of <em>Pseudomonas</em> <em>chlororaphis </em>MA 342 involved in the suppression of <em>Drechslera teres</em> in barley. . [More information]
Wright, S., Lindberg, A. & Gerhardson, B. (1999). The Genetic Basis for the Production of a Fungitoxic Compound by the Biocontrol Agent <em>Pseudomonas chlororaphis</em> MA 342. . [More information]
Wright, S. & Beers, S. (1998). Genetics of pantocin A and pantocin B production and their role in biocontrol of the fire blight pathogen, <em>Erwinia amylovora</em>. Molecular Approaches in Biological Control, IOBC/wprs Bulletin no. 21(9).. P. 13-17. [More information]
Hökeberg, M., Wright, S., Svensson, L., Lundgren, L. & Gerhardsson, B. (1998). Mutants of <em>Pseudomonas chlororaphis</em> Defective in the Production of an Antifungal Metabolite Express Reduced Biocontrol Activity. . [More information]
Wright, S., Schneider, L., Sanchez de Viala, S., Zumoff, C., Yun, S. & Beer, S. (1994). Toward Assessing the Importance to Biocontrol Ability of Antibiotics from <em>Erwinia herbicola</em>. . [More information]
Wright, S., Ophir, Y. & Zumoff, C. (1994). Towards Biological Control of Plant Disease with Antibiotic-Producing Strains of Bacteria Isolated from Symptomless Plants. . [More information]
Wright, S. & Beer, S. (1993). <em>Erwinia herbicola </em>Produces More than one Antibiotic that Inhibits <em>Erwinia amylovora</em>. . [More information]
Wright, S. & Beer, S. (1992). Identification of DNA from <em>Erwinia herbicola </em>Involved in the Production of an Antibiotic Inhibitory to <em>Erwinia amylovora</em>. . [More information]
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