Research Group: 
Running period: 
2014 to 2018

Omics-based studies have shown that members of the rhizosphere microbiome can cause substantial transcriptional and metabolic changes in plants, leading to elevated levels of specific plant secondary metabolites (e.g. glucosinolates). We further showed that specific rhizosphere bacteria also induce the biosynthesis of various other, yet unknown, plant metabolites. The role of these cryptic metabolites in plant growth and health are yet unknown and also the bacterial traits involved in the modulation of plant growth and chemistry remain elusive. This project further builds on these findings and aims to: i) identify metabolites induced in plants by beneficial rhizobacteria, ii) determine the role of these plant metabolites in protection against biotic stress, and iii) identify the bacterial traits and genes involved in plant growth promotion and altered plant chemistry. 


Chemical Communication



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