Mr EE Yong Liang
PhD Student

Supervisor: A/Prof. Sanjay Swarup

Project Title:

Genetic control and manipulation of root microbiome organization

Project summary:

Plants and microbes coexist to provide ecosystem services and beneficial ecosystem processes. My research interest is in plant-microbiome interactions that improve plant growth, with a focus on root microbiome community structure and function.
Model plants, such as Arabidopsis thaliana, and non-model plants will be investigated in a gnotobiotic growth assay developed by the lab that permits concurrent metabolomics and metagenomics analysis. Ecological aspects of the plant root microbiome will be studied. The diversity of the microbiome, along with succession, degree of redundancy, and changes to taxa across time, stress, and other taxa will be investigated.