Effect of microbiome composition on plant nutritional status

Main area:Agro-biology
 
Target group:Biology
 
Educational level:Masters, Bachelor
 
Project description:
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 how the soil microbiome affects the nutrient uptake of different barley genotypes. Together with a team of highly specialised experts, you will use state of the art techniques within the fields of chemical analyses of plant material combined with molecular methods 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 plant material for chemical analyses and 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 plant material for chemical analyses and DNA/RNA extraction as well as bioinformatics.
 
Keywords:biology, plant, chemistry, microbiome, barley
 
Project home page: https://www1.bio.ku.dk/projects/plant-microbiome-interactions-in-modern-and-ancient-barley/
 
Supervisor(s):  Nikolaj Lunding Kindtler, Flemming Ekelund, Kristian Holst Laursen
 
Email:nikolaj.kindtler@bio.ku.dk