Marcia González Teuber

Profesora Asistente

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Líneas de Investigación

Chemical Ecology, Plant-Insect Interactions, Plant-Fungal Endophyte Interactions, Plant Defense Mechanisms, Mutualistic Interactions


  •  Magíster en Botánica, UNIVERSIDAD DE CONCEPCION. Chile, 2005
  •  Dr. der Naturwissenschaften, Universität Duisburg Essen. Alemania, 2009
  •  Biólogo, UNIVERSIDAD DE CONCEPCION. Chile, 2003

Experiencia Académica

  •   Investigador Asociado Full Time



    2013 - 2016

  •   Investigador Postdoc Full Time

    Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology


    2010 - 2013

  •   Investigador Asociado Full Time



    2017 - 2018

Experiencia Profesional

  •   Research Assistant Full Time

    Departamento de Botánica, Universidad de Concepción

    Concepción, Chile

    2005 - 2005

  •   Researcher Full Time

    Bioforest - Arauco Forest S.A.


    2006 - 2006

  •   Assistant Professor Full Time

    Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción

    Concepción, Chile

    2018 - 2022

  •   Profesora Asistente Full Time

    Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


    2022 - A la fecha

Difusión y Transferencia


González-Teuber, M., M. Heil & W. Boland, “PR-proteins are involved on the antimicrobial protection of extrafloral nectar (EFN) in different Acacia species”. Gordon Research Conference, Plant-Herbivore Interaction. February 2010, Galveston, Texas, USA.

González-Teuber, M., M. Heil & W. Boland, “Symbiotic ants as an indirect defence against phytopathogens in an ant-plant mutualisms”. PR-proteins and induced resistance against pathogens and insects. September 2011, Neuchatel, Switzerland.

González-Teuber, M., M. Heil & W. Boland, “Symbiotic ants protect their host plants from microorganisms”. 42. Naturstoffchemikertreffen (Workshop on Natural Products). October 2011, Bayreuth, Germany.

González-Teuber, M., M. Heil & W. Boland, “Mutualistic ants as an efficient indirect defence”. Workshop Plant-Microbe-Insect Interactions: from molecular mechanisms to ecological implications. September 2012, Baeza, Spain.

González-Teuber, M. “Ants protect acacia plants against pathogens”. 8th Congress of the International Symbiosis Society. July 2015, Lisbon, Portugal. Invited speaker

González-Teuber, M. “The protective role of foliar endophytic fungi for the South American tree Embothrium coccineum”. 1st Joint Meeting ISCE/ALAEQ. Julio 2016, Foz do Iguaçu, Brasil. Invited speaker

González-Teuber, M. “Fungal endophytes in a South American temperate rainforest: its organization and ecological functions”. PUCP-Max Planck Symposium. September 2017, Lima, Peru. Invited speaker

González-Teuber, M. “Hongos endófitos foliares y su distribución en un bosque templado del Sur de Chile” (“Foliar endophyte fungi and its distribution in a temperate rainforest in South Chile”). Segundo Encuentro Científico: Resiliencia en Plantas. July 2018, Talca, Chile. Invited speaker

González-Teuber, M. “Diversity and ecological significance of root endophytic fungi isolated from arid plants in Chile”. Dryland ecosystems: threads and opportunities associated to climate change. Marzo 2020, Piura, Perú. Invited speaker

Premios y Distinciones

  •   Mejor estudiante


    Chile, 2002

    Best Student Prize (generation 2002) given by Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Oceanográficas, Universidad de Concepción, Chile

  •   Beca de Magíster


    Chile, 2003

    Beca de magíster

  •   Beca de Magíster

    Millenium Center for Advanced Studies in Ecology and Research in Biodiversity (CMEB)

    Chile, 2004

    Master fellowship given by the Millenium Center for Advanced Studies in Ecology and Research in Biodiversity (CMEB)

  •   Beca doctoral


    Chile, 2006

    PhD fellowship given by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)

  •   Premio para viajes

    International Society of Chemical Ecology

    Chile, 2008

    ISCE's (International Society of Chemical Ecology) Student Travel Award

  •   Beca Postdoctoral


    Alemania, 2009

    Postdoctoral fellowship given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation


Article (43)

Climate-change related warming-induced shifts in leaf chemical traits favor nutrition of the specialist herbivore Battus polydamas archidamas. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, Accepted.
Mode of action, chemistry and defensive efficacy of the osmeterium in Battus polydamas archidamas. Scientific Reports
Trade-off between plant resistance and tolerance to herbivory: Mechanical defenses outweigh chemical defenses
Changes in Diversity and Community Composition of Root Endophytic Fungi Associated with Aristolochia chilensis along an Aridity Gradient in the Atacama Desert
Synergistic Association With Root Endophytic Fungi Improves Morpho-Physiological and Biochemical Responses of Chenopodium quinoa to Salt Stress
Dual effects of entomopathogenic fungi on control of the pest Lobesia botrana and the pathogenic fungus Eutypella microtheca on grapevine
Endophytic bacterial communities are associated with leaf mimicry in the vine Boquila trifoliolata
Lethal and oxidative stress side effects of organic and synthetic pesticides on the insect scale predator Rhyzobius lophanthae
Roles of leaf functional traits in fungal endophyte colonization: Potential implications for host-pathogen interactions
Differences in community composition of endophytic fungi between above- and below-ground tissues of Aristolochia chilensis in an arid ecosystem
Morphological Description of Larval Stages of Battus polydamas archidamas, Including Notes on Its Eggs and Defensive Gland
Benefits of a root fungal endophyte on physiological processes and growth of the vulnerable legume tree Prosopis chilensis (Fabaceae)
Leaf resistance traits influence endophytic fungi colonization and community composition in a South American temperate rainforest
Antifeedant Effects of Essential Oil, Extracts, and Isolated Sesquiterpenes from Pilgerodendron uviferum (D. Don) Florin Heartwood on Red Clover Borer Hylastinus obscurus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
Antifungal activity against Botrytis cinerea of labdane-type diterpenoids isolated from the resinous exudate of Haplopappus velutinus Remy (Asteraceae)
Effects of root endophytic fungi on response of Chenopodium quinoa to drought stress
Nitrogen Supply Affects Photosynthesis and Photoprotective Attributes During Drought-Induced Senescence in Quinoa
Rapid Identification and Simultaneous Quantification of Aristolochic Acids by HPLC-DAD and Confirmations by MS in Aristolochia chilensis Using a Limited Biomass
Enhanced fitness and greater herbivore resistance: implications for dandelion invasion in an alpine habitat
Molecular characterization of endophytic fungi associated with the roots of Chenopodium quinoa inhabiting the Atacama Desert, Chile
Uses of hazardous medicinal plants: Composition of the essential oil of Clinopodium Gilliesii (Benth.) Kuntze (Lamiaceae), collected in Chile
The defensive role of foliar endophytic fungi for a South American tree
The role of pollination drops in animal pollination in the Mediterranean gymnosperm Ephedra fragilis (Gnetales)
The role of pollination drops in animal pollination in the Mediterranean gymnosperm Ephedra fragilis (Gnetales).
Comparative anatomy and physiology of myrmecophytes: ecological and evolutionary perspectives. . 4: 21-32.
Fungal endophytes as potential protectors from pathogens in myrmecophytic Acacia plants
Mutualistic ants as an indirect defence against leaf pathogens
Increased Host Investment in Extrafloral Nectar (EFN) Improves the Efficiency of a Mutualistic Defensive Service
Chemical communication and coevolution in an ant-plant mutualism
Glucanases and Chitinases as Causal Agents in the Protection of Acacia Extrafloral Nectar from Infestation by Phytopathogens
Pseudomyrmex ants and acacia host plants join efforts to protect their mutualism from microbial threats
Alpine dandelions originated in the native and introduced range differ in their responses to environmental constraints
Divergent investment strategies of Acacia myrmecophytes and the coexistence of mutualists and exploiters
Nectar chemistry is tailored for both attraction of mutualists and protection from exploiters
Pathogenesis-related proteins protect extrafloral nectar from microbial infestation
The Role of Extrafloral Nectar Amino Acids for the Preferences of Facultative and Obligate Ant Mutualists
Damage and shade enhance climbing and promote associational resistance in a climbing plant
Effects of maternal diet and host quality on oviposition patterns and offspring performance in a seed beetle (Coleoptera : Bruchidae)
Host-associated variation in sexual size dimorphism and fitness effects of adult feeding in a bruchid beetle
Tolerance to simulated herbivory in two populations of Convolvulus chilensis (Convolvulaceae)
Effect of support availability mother plant genotype and maternal support environment on the twining vine Ipomoea purpurea
Environmental heterogeneity and population differentiation in plasticity to drought in Convolvulus chilensis (Convolvulaceae)
Morphological description of larval stages of the butterfly Battus polydamas archidamas, including notes on its eggs and defensive glands

BookSection (1)

The study of interspecific interactions in habitats under anthropogenic disturbance: Importance and applications

Proyecto (4)

‘Crop pollination in a changing climate: effects of heat and drought on floral traits, pollinator behavior and fruit production in Vaccinum corymbosum (highbush blueberry)’
Chemical and Molecular Ecology in South America: the use of novel technical tools to understand nature
Climate change: Understanding the effects of heat and drought on native plant-insect interactions
Foliar endophytic fungi (FEF) and their protective role against herbivores and pathogens in native woody plants of a Southern temperate rainforest
Marcia González Teuber

Profesora Asistente

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Chile

Luisa Bascuñán

Profesora asistente


Universidad de Concepción

Concepción, Chile

Constanza Quiroz


Departamento de Ciencias Biológicas y Químicas

Universidad San Sebastián

Concepción, Chile

Javier Echeverría

Profesor Asistente e Investigador

Departamento de Ciencias del Ambiente


Santiago de Chile, Chile

Claudia Vilo

Investigadora y analista

Facultad de Medicina

Universidad Católica del Norte

Coquimbo, Chile

Cristian Ibáñez

Académico/Profesor Asociado


Universidad de La Serena

La Serena, Chile

Leonardo Bardehle

Director Carrera Agronomía

Producción Agropecuaria

Universidad de La Frontera

Temuco, Chile

Ricardo Segovia

Investigador Asociado

Instituto de Ecologia y Biodiversidad

Santiago, Chile

Ian Acuña

Investigador Asistente

Instituto de Investigación Interdisciplinaria (I3)

Universidad de Talca

Talca, Chile

Leon Bravo

Profesor Titular

Ciencias Agronómicas y Recursos Naturales


Temuco, Chile

Paula Plaza

Gestión institucional


Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Aridas

La Serena, Chile


Profesor titular

Departamento de Botánica


Concepcon, Chile

Rodrigo Contreras


Departamento de Biología


Santiago, Chile