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Harnessing plant-microbial partnerships to address major sustainability challenges

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Funding Year: 2023

Research Areas: Conservation

Partnerships between plant roots and fungi play a key role in the photosynthetic capacity, carbon budget and environmental tolerances of plant communities. These partnerships could be harnessed to address major challenges, such as climate mitigation and food security, but technical barriers limit the realization of this potential. This project will develop an open-access toolkit to enable researchers to identify and manipulate fungal genes that underpin key ecosystem functions. Resulting investigations could have wide reaching implications for the sustainability of natural and managed plant systems.

Learn more about the Environmental Venture Projects grant program and other funded projects.

Principal Investigators:

Kabir Peay (Biology)

Jennifer Brophy (Bioengineering)