Roots of land plants live in close association with a sheer diversity of microbes, collectively referred to as the plant microbiota. Similar to the microbiota inhabiting vertebrate gut, the microbiota proliferating at the root-soil interface impacts on plant growth, development and health. Therefore, plant-microbiota interactions define a research field with great potential for discovery both in basic and applied science. In our lab we use Barley (Hordeum vulgare) as a model to dissect the genetic network linking a plant genome and its associated microbiota. We are looking for a talented student who can help us in solving this fascinating genetic puzzle using a combination of plant genetics, metagenomics and molecular microbiology.
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Schlaeppi K. and Bulgarelli D. (2014) The plant microbiome at work. Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions Journal. 28:212-217.