The soil is a reservoir of microorganisms, which play key roles in ecosystems and can improve plant growth and health. Moreover, plants exert selective forces on the soil microbial communities through root exudation, which both provides organic carbon that can be used for microbial growth and plays an important role as signaling molecules in root-microbe interaction. We know that the composition of root exudates varies with the environmental conditions, the plant developmental stage, plant species and cultivars, and as a result so does the plant microbiome. However, the mechanisms involved in the microbiome selection by the plant are still poorly understood.
The aim of my research is to better understand how plants can select a beneficial microbiome for a better plant growth, nutition and health under abiotic/biotic stress and find new lever to improve plant stress tolerance by identifying candidate genes, metabolites and microorganisms.
To do so, I am using phenotypic and multi omics data (such as genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and metagenomics) and working on their integration using advance data analysis and computational tools.
I am involved in the following courses:
I am coordinating the Master course Tools in molecular data analysis
Students interested in plant-microbe interactions, omics data analysis and integration are welcome to contact me.