Sandra A. I. Wright

Associate Professor in Plant Pathology / Senior Lecturer in Biology
Department of Building, Energy and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Develompent


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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.

Current research


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


Latest publications

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. 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]
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