PhD What are rhizosphere microbial characteristics associated with healthy plants?

The recent withdrawal of several broad-spectrum chemical soil-fumigants leads to increasing crop losses due to soil-borne pathogens. Soil microbial communities include numerous beneficial microbes as well as specific microbial pathogens. However, it is not clear which characteristics of soil microbial communities are related to plant health and what are possible mechanisms underlying such an association. This PhD project attempts to answer these two questions.