Investigation of the Dioscorea leaf symbiosis and evaluation as a model system of plant/epiphyte interactions

01 January 2017 → 31 December 2022
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Evolutionary biology
    • General biology
    • Plant biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Social medical sciences
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
    • Horticultural production
plants symbiosis Epiphyte
Project description

Large glands on the leaves of Dioscorea sansibarensis are the site of a specific interaction with bacteria. The function of the symbiotic glands is unknown, as is the life cycle of the symbiosis. I propose to study this system with a combination of omics, molecular and microscopy methods and to evaluate its potential as a model for leaf/microorganisms interactions.