Harnessing the rhizosphere microbiome to enhance plant productivity
The development and productivity of plants are governed by their genetic background, nutrient input, and the microbial communities they host. Accordingly, engineering beneficial root microbiomes has emerged as a novel and sustainable approach to crop production with reduced nutrient input. In this project we test the effects of six bacterial strains isolated from sugarcane stalks on sugarcane growth and physiology as well as the dynamics of prokaryote community assembly in the rhizosphere and root endosphere under two N fertilization regimes. We test the hypothesis that beneficial microbes improve plant nutrient uptake conditioned to a reduced N nutrient input.