I’m a Masters student at the University of Cologne, Germany, and currently working as a visiting academic in Professor Phil Poole’s group. I am focusing on the isolation and identification of core root microbiomes of different plant species; the influence of host genotype and environmental factors, such as soil composition, on plant growth and fitness and on how certain plant species control and shape applied synthetic microbial communities. Therefore I am using sequencing and spiking techniques, aiming to determine the abundance and ratio of eukaryotes, prokaryotes and fungi.
Jacoby R.P., Martyn A., Kopriva S. (2018) Exometabolomic profiling of bacterial strains cultivated using Arabidopsis root extract as the sole carbon source. Mol. Plant Microb. Interact. in press