Effects of plant genotype and soil on rhizosphere microbiome
|Main area:||Molecular ecology|
|Educational level:||Masters, Bachelor|
The increasing world population implies an increasing need for crop plants; albeit with less use of pesticides and fertilizers. The solution to this problem may seem impossible, but we believe that part of the solution to this challenge is to optimize microorganisms in the plant root vicinity to maximally support plant growth. In the project "Plant-microbiome interactions in modern and ancient barley" we are investigating to which extent modern varieties of barley have lost the ability to interact with the rhizosphere microbiome with focus on plant/bacteria/eukaryotic micro-grazer interactions. Our main purpose is to raise awareness to the fact that plant quality and health in agriculture require focus on BOTH the plant and its microbiome. Therefore, we are currently setting up a number of experiments where we examine the different aspects of plant/microbiome interactions. More specifically, we are focusing on how the plant controls the composition of its rhizosphere microbiome. In your project, you will investigate what matters most when it comes to assembling the rhizosphere microbiome. The soil or plant genotype? Together with a team of highly specialised experts, you will use state of the art techniques within the fields of molecular biology and plant analyses to answer some of the essential questions of plant growth optimization in the 21st century. Your daily work will consist of setting up and maintaining plant experiments, sampling of soil and plant material and laboratory work in the form of DNA/RNA extraction as well as bioinformatics. In general, you will have the possibility to influence the content of the project and in particular, to which degree the above-mentioned elements should contribute to the project.
|Methods used:||Setting up and maintaining plant experiments, sampling of soil and plant material and laboratory work in the form of DNA/RNA extraction as well as bioinformatics.|
|Keywords:||plant, microbiome , soil, food, molecular|
|Project home page:||https://www1.bio.ku.dk/projects/plant-microbiome-interactions-in-modern-and-ancient-barley/|
|Supervisor(s):||Nikolaj Lunding Kindtler, Flemming Ekelund|