Talia Karasov - Mechanisms of microbial interactions with Arabidopsis thaliana

  • Date: Nov 27, 2019
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:30
  • Speaker: Talia Karasov
  • Location: Central Building
  • Room: Seminar Room
  • Host: Aleksandra Skirycz

A central challenge in microbiome research is determining which members of a microbial community influence host health. Dozens of species of the bacterial genus Pseudomonas colonize plants. While some strains act as biocontrol agents suppressing the growth of pathogens, others are potent disease agents. I study the mechanisms by which different strains of Pseudomonas affect Arabidopsis thaliana growth and health. My research combines microbiome analysis, association mapping, genetic analysis and recently metabolomics to determine the genes that influence interactions between host and microbe. Finally, I incorporate these findings within an evolutionary context to understand, and ultimately predict, the dynamics of pathogen outbreak.

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