Dr. Luis Daniel Prada Salcedo

Contact / Address

Luis Daniel Prada Salcedo

Department of Soil Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 4 | D-06120 Halle/Saale


+49 345 558 5225

Luis Daniel Prada Salcedo

Current Project   

Currently, I am working as Postdoc supporting different projects from my knowledge related to microbial molecular ecology. Through the use of microbiological and molecular perspectives and with multiple bioinformatics tools and statistical methods my interest to study how are the interactions and effects of microorganisms on plant/animal fitness and the environment. I want to find out the mechanisms of bacterial and fungal communities to support terrestrial ecosystem, maintain ecological functionality and offer benefits for humans.

CV / Scientific Career

Since 2022

2016 - 2021 

Employed as Postdoc at “The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ” in the Soil ecology department.

Employed at “The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ” in the Soil ecology department and Ph.D. Student at Leipzig University - Germany.

Ph.D: Soil microbial assembly and their ecosystem functions associated to tree diversity in European forests

2014 - 2015

Visiting Scholar. The Ohio State University. Columbus. Ohio, United States of America.

  • Grotewold’s lab and Doseff’s lab for plant genome project. Research to model the regulatory network in flavonoid biosynthesis for maize.

2011 - 2013

M.S in Microbiology. Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá Colombia.

  • Thesis topic: Identification of organic acids causes the solubilization of inorganic phosphorous synthetized by actinomycetes isolates from soil in the eastern Colombian Andes. Advisor: Marcela Franco Correa

2011 - 2013

Teaching assistant experience. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Colombia.

  • General mycology, general microbiology, Industrial microbiology, industrial biotechnology and bioprocess.

2009 - 2010

Research experience. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Bogotá, Colombia.

  • Detection of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis agent causal of the Chytridiomycosis in Colombia.
  • Research and development in the area of plant growth promotion; we worked with strains of actinobacteria and characterized some PGPR activities.


B.S. in Industrial microbiology.   Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá Colombia.

  • Thesis topic: Characterization and evaluation of antimicrobial activity from ethanol extracts of the family fungi Tricholomataceae against causal agents from dermatophyte infections in animals. Advisor: Maria Ximena Rodriguez


  • Prada-Salcedo, LD, Prada-Salcedo, JP, Heintz-Buschart, A, Buscot, F, Goldmann K. Effects of Tree Composition and Soil Depth on Structure and Functionality of Belowground Microbial Communities in Temperate European Forests. Front Microbiol. 2022 Jul 11;13:920618. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2022.920618
  • Wambsganss, J, Freschet, GT, Beyer, F, Goldmann, K, Prada-Salcedo, LD., Scherer-Lorenzen, M, & Bauhus, J (2021). Tree species mixing causes a shift in fine-root soil exploitation strategies across European forests. Functional Ecology, 35, 1886– 1902. https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2435.13856
  • Ganault, P, Nahmani, J, Hättenschwiler, S, Gillespie, LM, David, JF, Henneron, L, Iorio, E, Mazzia, C, Muys, B, Pasquet, A, Prada-Salcedo, LD., Wambsganss, J, & Decaëns, T (2021). Relative importance of tree species richness, tree functional type, and microenvironment for soil macrofauna communities in European forests. Oecologia, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00442-021-04931-w
  • Heike H. Schindler N, Buscot F, Eisenhauer N, Ferlian O. Prada Salcedo LD, Bruelheidel H. 2021. Mixing tree species associated with arbuscular or ectotrophic mycorrhizae reveals dual mycorrhization and interactive effects on the fungal partners. Ecol Evol. 2021; 11: 5424– 5440. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.7437
  • Prada‐Salcedo LD, Goldmann K, Heintz‐Buschart A, Reitz T, Wambsganss J, Bauhus J, Buscot, F. 2020. Fungal guilds and soil functionality respond to tree community traits rather than to tree diversity in European forests. Mol Ecol. doi: 10.1111/mec.15749
  • Prada‐Salcedo LD, Wambsganss J, Bauhus J, Buscot F, Goldmann K. 2020. Low root functional dispersion enhances functionality of plant growth by influencing bacteria activities in European forest soils. Environ. Microbiol. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.15244
  • Cortés-Osorio Natalia, Cardoso-Cardoso Mayra-Alexandra, Chavarro-Anzola Vanessa, Prada-Salcedo Luis Daniel, Reyes-Cardenas Alejandro, Robles-Camargo Jorge, Franco-Correa Marcela (2017). Influence of Environmental Factors on the Production of Violacein Synthesized By Janthinobacterium lividum. The International Journal Of Engineering And Science (IJES). Vol. 6(1). pp 76-83.  Link zur Journal-Website http://www.theijes.com/papers/vol6-issue1/Version-3/I0601037683.pdf
  • Ortiz T., Valeria O., Prada L.D, Franco-Correa M. (2016). Preservation methods for actinobacterias with phosphate solubilizing activity. Revista Colombiana de Biotecnologia. Rev. colomb. biotecnol. Vol.18(2). Link zur Journal-Website DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/rev.colomb.biote.v18n2.47683.
  • Fan Yang, Wei Li, Nan Jiang, Haidong Yu, Kengo Morohashi, Wilberforce Zachary Ouma, Daniel E Morales-Mantilla, Fabio Gomez-Cano, Eric Mukundi, Luis Daniel Prada-Salcedo, Roberto Alers Velazquez, Jasmin Valentin, Maria Katherine Mejía-Guerra, John Gray, Andrea I Doseff, and Erich Grotewold. (2016). A Maize Gene Regulatory Network for Phenolic Metabolism. Molecular Plant.Vol. 10(3). pp 498-515. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molp.2016.10.020.
  • Prieto-Correal G.C., Prada-Salcedo L.D.,  Cuervo C.L., Franco-Corre M. (2015). Evaluación de la producción de ácidos orgánicos por Streptomyces spp. y solubilización de tres fuentes de fósforo por la cepa T3A. Revista Colombiana de Biotecnologia. Vol. 17(1). pp 111-121. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15446/rev.colomb.biote.v17n1.41667.
  • Prada-Salcedo L.D., Prieto C & Marcela Franco-Correa M. (2014). Screening Phosphate Solubilizing Actinobacteria Isolated from the Rhizosphere of Wild Plants from the Eastern Cordillera of the Colombian Andes. African Journal of Microbiology Research. Vol. 8(8). pp 734-742. DOI: 10.5897/AJMR2013.5940.
  • Vásquez-Ochoa A., Bahamón P., Prada L.D. & Marcela Franco-Correa M. (2012). Detection and quantification of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in amphibians of the Central and Eastern Andean, Orinoco and Amazon regions of Colombia. Herpetotropicos. Vol. 8(1-2). pp 13-21. http://erevistas.saber.ula.ve/index.php/herpetotropicos/article/view/4251.
  • Gómez-Vargas R.M., Bello-Bello D.C., Prada-Salcedo L.D., Rodríguez-Bocanegra M.X., Gómez-Méndez L.D. & Franco-Correa M. (2011). Actinomicetos mineralizadores de fosfato involucrados en la interacción radical de Glomus sp.-trébol blanco. (Actinomycetes mineralizing phosphate involved in the interaction of Glomus sp.-white clover). Agronomía Mesoamericana. Vol. 22. pp 317-327.http://www.scielo.sa.cr/scielo.php?pid=S1659-13212011000200008&script=sci_abstract&tlng=es.
  • Prada L.D., Franco-Correa M. & Acosta-Galvis A.R. (2011).First record of Saprolegnia sp. in an amphibian populationin Colombia. Universitas scientiarum. Vol. 16 (3). pp 234-242. http://www.scielo.org.co/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0122-74832011000300004.
  • Rueda C., Aikaw M., Prada L.D., Franco-Correa M., Martínez M., & Padilla G. (2009).Evaluación de la presencia del gen merA implicado en la detoxificación de mercurio a partir de actinomicetos nativos del humedal de La Conejera. (Evaluation of the merA gene involved in the detoxification of mercury from native actinomycetes in the wetland La conejera). Revista Colombiana de Biotecnologia. Vol.16 (2). pp 105-113. https://revistas.unal.edu.co/index.php/biotecnologia/article/view/11716/37211.

Conference Contributions

  • Luis Daniel Prada, Gloria Carolina Prieto, Marcela Franco. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá. Colombia. Selección de actinomicetos solubilizadores de fósforo. XLVI CONGRESO NACIONAL DE CIENCIAS BIOLÓGICAS. Medellín Colombia. 2011.

  • Luis Daniel Prada-Salcedo, Kezia Goldmann, François Buscot.UFZ-Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, Department of Soil Ecology, Halle (Salee).Ecology Across Borders; the Joint Annual Meeting of the British Ecological Society (BES), the Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ) and NecoV, in association with the European Ecological Federation (EEF).Ghent, Belgium.Influence of tree species richness on soil microbial communities and their ecosystem functions in different types of European forests.
  • Li, We; Yang, Fan; Mejía-Guerra, Maria Katherine; Mukundi, Eric; Morales, Jasmin Valentin; Prada S, Luis Daniel; Gray, John; Doseff, Andrea I; Grotewold, Erich. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210. Maize Genetics Conference. 2015. St. Charles, Illinois, USA. Transcriptional Regulatory Network Controlling Phenolic Biosynthesis in Maize.
  • Jasmin Valentin Morales, Wei Li, Luis D. Prada, Brett Burdo, John Gray, Erich Grotewold and Andrea I. Doseff. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210.Identification of the Transcriptional Regulation that Controls Phenylalanine Ammonia Lyase (PAL) Family in Maize. Midwest Section ASPB 2014 Annual Meeting. Columbus, Ohio, United States. 2014.
  • Wei Li, Brett Burdo, Jasmin Valentin Morales, Luis Daniel Prada Salcedo, John Gray, Erich Grotewold and Andrea I. Doseff. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210.  Identification of Transcriptional Regulatory Networks Controlling Flavonoid Biosynthesis Pathway in Maize. Midwest Section ASPB 2014 Annual Meeting. Columbus, Ohio, United States. 2014.
  • Luis Daniel Prada, Gloria Carolina Prieto, Marcela Franco.  Evaluation of Streptomyces sp. (T3A) as phosphate solubilizing actinobacteria. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá. Colombia.9TH INTERNATIONAL AND 1ST LATINAMERICAN PGPR WORKSHOP MEDELLÍN, COLOMBIA. Medellín Colombia. 2012.