Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology
- Molecular EcoSystems Biology
Building: 91, Room 125
Programs & Initiatives
Fabricated Ecosystems (EcoFAB)
Trial Ecosystems for the Advancement of Microbiome Science (TEAMS)
Investigating the role of nutrient availability and exometabolites on mechanisms of dynamic plant-microbe interactions.
The effective use of natural resources will require the growth of bioenergy crops on marginal soils with minimal input of synthetic N fertilizers. Studies have shown that root exudation is critical in attracting beneficial soil microbiomes. However, the full impact of exometabolites on plant-microbe interactions and N cycling in the rhizosphere remains poorly understood. To shed light on these dynamic processes, I utilize stable isotope techniques, metabolomics, and model grasses grown in EcoFABs. By deciphering the mechanisms behind grass-microbe interactions, my research aims to develop predictive models, identify new breeding targets, and explore microbial amendment strategies that can enhance plant nitrogen use efficiency.