A confluence of events including an increase in population from 7 billion people to 11 billion by 2100 and a dwindling world supply of arable crop land and rock phosphate necessitate efforts to produce more food with less resources.
We aim to utilize and optimize the plant microbiome (together with the plant and environment referred to as "the phytobiome") to more effectively provide nutrients to plants and to maintain or improve crop productivity with less agronomic inputs (fertilizer, water).
Project Title: Plant feedstock genomics for bioenergy
Source: U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture
Term: 2015 to 2019
Project Title: Harnessing root endophytes (microbes) to improve nutrient acquisition and utilization in wheat and bermudagrass
Source: Noble Research Institute, Forage 365
Term: 2015 to 2018
Source: U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Centers
Term: 2012 to 2017