Plant-Beneficial Microbe Interaction

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Project Description

Abiotic stresses are the most important factors for hampering plant growth and yield world-wide. However, beneficial microbes can help plants to enhance stress tolerance of plants. DARWIN 21 is a large scale project to isolate and study the interaction how rhizophere microbes contribute to enhance the capacity of plants under the most difficult abiotic stress conditions (http://www.darwin21.net/index.htm).In this project, the student will characterize several rhizosphere microbes and investigate whether they can confer plant resistance to different abiotic stresses. The student will learn how to apply techniques in microbiology, molecular biology and plant biology.​​
Program - BioScience
Division - Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Center for Desert Agriculture
Field of Study - ​Microbiology, Genomics, Plant biology, Bioinformatics

About the
Researcher

Heribert Hirt

Professor, Plant Science<br/>

Heribert Hirt

​Professor Hirt's research interests are in signal transduction and the molecular communication mechanisms between microorganisms and plants.

Desired Project Deliverables

​Isolation and characterization of bacterial strains. Analysis of beneficial microbes on plant physiology. Sequencing and bioinformatics to analyze microbial genomes, transcriptome and proteome analysis of beneficial microbes and plants.