I am a PhD student in the University of Hyderabad under the supervision of Prof. Appa Rao Podile (Molecular plant microbe interactions, Department of Plant Sciences). My thesis mainly aims to find out the Rhizobia, Rhizobacteria and pigeon pea interactions in Alfisols and core root microbiome of pigeon pea.
As part of the IUNFC project, I am now working for 5 months in a IUNFC student exchange visit, at Phil Poole’s group, from April-Aug 2018. My research focus is on identification of the best combination of Rhizobia and pigeon pea in the Alfisols of South India.
During my visit I will work on the genomics of elite Rhizobia, but also on deciphering the core root microbiome of pigeon pea in Alfisols. As part of collaboration, the Rhizosphere Lab is helping me to understand the whole genomics of Rhizobia. I am hoping to better understand the microbiome of pigeon pea with a metagenomics approach, which will be useful to help me reach my research objectives for my thesis.