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Research Project: Exploring the Molecular Causes and Phenotypic Consequences of Bacterial Enrichment Patterns in the Root Endospheres of Drought-Stressed Crop Systems

Location: Plant Gene Expression Center

Project Number: 2030-12210-002-02-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Apr 15, 2019
End Date: Apr 14, 2022

Objective:
The goal of this proposal is to investigate 1) the molecular causes of bacterial enrichment from the microbial and host perspectives, and 2) the phenotypic consequences of this enrichment for the host plant.

Approach:
The ARS investigator will use a combination of cutting edge genomic technologies and microbiome manipulation strategies, as well as field-based research in an established drought nursery in California’s Central Valley, to execute these aims using Sorghum bicolor, which represent both a superior agronomic model for drought research and an important feedstock and bioenergy crop.