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Towards sustainable plant disease management: microbiome understanding and application

PhD defense, Tuesday 3 September 2019. Enoch Narh Kudjordjie

2019.09.03 | Sunitha Satkunam

Enoch Narh Kudjordjie

Enoch Narh Kudjordjie investigated how plants shape their associated microbiota to aid their healthy growth and development. Microbe-mediated processes extend plant functional capabilities through facilitating nutrient acquisition, enhanced disease suppression and induction of systemic resistance. Understanding the mechanisms behind these beneficial processes is a prerequisite for maximizing microbial functions, thereby paving the way towards microbiome solutions for sustainable crop production.

The findings from Enoch’s study has provided new insights into the links between the plant genome, the metabolome and microbiome. Moreover, his research explored rhizosphere microbiome dynamics during fungal infection and microbiome treatment, thus highlighting microbiome engineering potentials.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Agroecology, Science and Technology, Aarhus University, Denmark.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student

Time:  Tuesday 3 September 2019 at 12:00
Place: Auditorium, AU Flakkebjerg, Forsøgsvej 1, 4200 Slagelse
Title of PhD thesis: Plant roots design the host-associated microbiome to prevent disease. What are the mechanisms?
Contact information: Enoch Narh Kudjordjie, enochnarh@agro.au.dk, +45 51737350.
Members of the assessment committee
Researcher Paolina Garbeva, Department of Microbial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, The Netherlands.
Associate professor Mette Haubjerg Nicolaisen, UCPH, PLEN, Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Senior scientist Henrik Skovgård (chair), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Main supervisor
Professor Mogens Nicolaisen, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University.
Co-supervisor
Associate Professor Inge Fomsgaard, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University.
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English.

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.

PhD defence
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