Research Projects

Mechanisms underlying plant-root microbiome recruitment under stress

Sébastien Jaupitre studies the evolution of root-associated microbe recruitment and mechanisms underlying microbiome recruitment specific to the Cucurbitaceae family.

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Stress induced long-distance communication between plant and microbes

Muhammad Rizaludin aims at elucidating the mechanism underlying biotic-stress induced plant-microbe communication belowground via root-emitted volatile organic compounds.

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Stress-induced microbiome assembly in Solanaceae in their centres of origin

Dario X. Ramirez-Villacis characterises the stress-induced assembly of the root microbiome of wild and domesticated potatoes in native and agricultural soils in the centre of origin (Ecuador).

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Microbe-drought/insect-plant interaction

Zulema Carracedo Lorenzo aims at identifying plant pathways of stress alleviating microorganism recruitment that could be targeted in plant breeding programs.

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Evolution of stress-induced microbiome recruitment of legumes

Malin Klein studies the evolution of root microbiome recruitment in response to biotic and abiotic stress in wild and cultivated species.

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Mechanisms of root microbiome recruitment under drought stress in Solanaceae/tomato

Roland Berdaguer aims at elucidating the mechanisms by which plants of the Solanaceae family, and more specifically tomato, recruit soil microbes that promote the plants’ resilience to drought stress.

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Phylogenetic approach of Brassicaceae microbiome recruitment in response to insect stress

Marcela Aragón Gómez is building a comprehensive understanding of the evolution of belowground "cry for help" strategies of the Brassicaceae family in response to insect stress, and identifiying stress-induced core microbiome.

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Evolutionary Biogeography of Underground Microbial Networks

Justin Stewart explores the global evolutionary biogeography of underground networks and how microbial communities assemble.

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Interplay between the plant defense system and the root-associated microbiome during stress

Melissa Uribe Acosta investigates how defence-related compounds in plants influence the assembly and activity of the rhizosphere and endosphere microbiome.

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Deciphering the impact of domestication on the tomato root microbiome

Stalin Sarango-Flores studies the the microbial community composition of the rizophere in tomato and how genetic features impact the associated microbiome.

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