Assembly of stressed plant microbiome

Assembly and maintenance of rhizosphere communities are primarily driven by root exudates that provide carbon and nutrients to soil bacteria. Soil harbors a sizeable pool of inactive (dormant) bacteria that can resuscitate under specific environmental conditions and provide a reservoir of metabolic diversity. Thus, resuscitation of bacteria and their recruitment to the rhizosphere may be important for plant responses to stress. We hypothesized that phytohormones resuscitate dormant bacterial taxa and signal their recruitment to the rhizosphere.

Phyllopshere microbiome of bioenergy crops

Understanding the leaf microbiome of bioenergy crops (switchgrass, miscanthus) for improving plant yields, protection and sustainable growth.

The common bean microbiome

Determining beneficial microbes for improving common bean health.