Dr Fredd Vergara




Chemical ecology, plant polyploidy, metabolomics, GC-MS, LC-MS, NMR, MS-imaging

Short CV



Postdoc, Molecular Interaction Ecology group, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany


Postdoc, Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture; Department of Food and Health. Ås, Norway.


Researcher, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science; Metabolic Systems Research Team. Yokohama, Japan.


Postdoc, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science; Environmental Metabolic Analysis Research Team. Yokohama, Japan.


Postdoc, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology; Department of Biochemistry. Jena, Germany.


PhD, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology/Friedrich Schiller Universität Jena, Germany.


MSc, Institute of Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico; specialization: Natural Products Chemistry.


BSc, Faculty of Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico; major: Biology.




Introductory course on mass spectrometry for master students, Graduate School of Nanobioscience, Yokohama City University.


Introductory course on natural products chemistry and chemical ecology for biology students, Faculty of Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Selected Publications


Vergara F., Rosas P., Alcaraz L., Everroad C., Márquez L. Metagenomic bacterial diversity of cave roots in the Yucatan Cenotes. In revision in Microbes and Environments.

Vergara F., Shino A., Rymen B., Kikuchi J. 2018. The effect of ploidy on the concentration of soluble sugars in wheat seeds – Exploring the metabolome of Afghan wheat landraces. Current Metabolomics, 6(2): 140–146, doi: 10.2174/2213235X06666180129151811.

Vergara F., Itouga M., Gamboa-Becerra R., Hirai M.-Y., Ordaz-Ortiz J., Winkler R. 2017. Funaria hygrometrica elevated tolerance to D2O – Its use for the production of highly deuterated metabolites. Accepted in Planta; doi: 10.1007/s00425-017-2794-5.

Vergara F., Rymen B., Sato M., Sawada Y., Kuwahara A., Hirai M.-Y. 2017. Autopolyploidization, geographic origin and metabolome evolution in Arabidopsis thaliana. American Journal of Botany.104 (6): 1–10, doi: 10.3732/ajb.1600419.

Vergara F., Kikuchi J., Breuer C. 2016. Artificial autopolyploidization modifies the tricarboxylic acid cycle and GABA shunt in Arabidopsis thaliana Col-0. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 26515; doi:10.1038/srep26515.

Vergara F., Shino A., Kikuchi J. 2016. Cannibalism affects core metabolic processes in Helicoverpa armigera larvae – A 2D NMR metabolomics study. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 17(9), 1470; doi:10.3390/ijms17091470.

Vergara F., Everroad R. C., Andraca-Gómez G., Kikuchi J., Makihara H. 2012. Cossus redtenbacheri (Lepidoptera: Cossidae) specializes on agave not trees: insights from molecular phylogeny and mechanical tests. Bulletin of Insectology, 65 (2): 217–222.

Shroff R.*, Vergara F.*, Muck A., Svatoš A., Gershenzon J. 2008. Nonuniform distribution of glucosinolates in Arabidopsis thaliana leaves has important consequences for plant defense. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, 105 (16): 6196–6201. *These two authors have equally contributed to this work; doi: 10.1073/pnas.0711730105.

Vergara F.*, Wenzler M.*, Hansen B., Kliebenstein D., Halkier B., Gershenzon J., Schneider B. 2008. Determination of the absolute configuration of the glucosinolate methyl sulfoxide group reveals a stereospecific biosynthesis of the side chain. Phytochemistry, 69 (15): 2737–2742. *These two authors have equally contributed to this work; doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2008.09.008.

Vergara F., Svatoš A., Schneider B., Reichelt M., Gershenzon J., Wittstock U. 2006. Glycine conjugates in a Lepidopteran insect herbivore – The metabolism of benzylglucosinolate in the cabbage white butterfly, Pieris rapae. Chembiochem, 7 (12): 1982–1989; doi: 10.1002/cbic.200600280.

Esquivel B., Sánchez A., Vergara F., Matus W., Hernandez-Ortega S., Ramírez-Apan M. 2005. Abietane diterpenoids from the roots of some Mexican Salvia species (Labiatae): chemical diversity, phytogeographical significance, and cytotoxic activity. Chemistry & Biodiversity, 2 (6): 738–747; doi: 10.1002/cbdv.200590051.

iDiv publications


Moreno-Pedraza, A., J. Gabriel, H. Treutler, R. Winkler, F. Vergara

(2019): Effects of Water Availability in the Soil on Tropane Alkaloid Production in Cultivated Datura stramonium. Metabolites

Moreno-Pedraza, A., Rosas-Román, I., Garcia-Rojas, N. S., Guillén-Alonso, H., Ovando-Vázquez, C., Díaz-Ramírez, D., Cuevas-Contreras, J., Vergara, F., Marsch-Martínez, N., Molina-Torres, J., Winkler, R.

(2019): Elucidating the Distribution of Plant Metabolites from Native Tissues with Laser Desorption Low-Temperature Plasma Mass Spectrometry Imaging. Analytical Chemistry

Ristok, C., Poeschl, Y., Dudenhöffer, J.-H., Ebeling, A., Eisenhauer, N., Vergara, F., Wagg, C., van Dam, N. M., Weinhold, A.

(2019): Plant species richness elicits changes in the metabolome of grassland species via soil biotic legacy. Journal of Ecology
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