research seeks to
understand how shifts in energy and nutrient
flows between symbiotic organisms influences individuals and ultimately
specialise in the physiology and ecology of host-symbiont interactions,
specifically plant-fungal symbioses and plant-parasitic plant symbioses
using a combination of metabolomics, isotope tracers and molecular
biology to study:
1. Soil biology including carbon and mineral fluxes through
mycorrhizal networks in natural and agro-ecosystems.
2. Microorganisms in sustainable agro ecosystems - Harnessing
beneficial microbes for crop production (provisioning of nutrients) and
crop protection (inducible plant defenses).
3. The physiology and functional ecology of host-parasitic plant