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Structural and Functional Architectures of Multi-Kingdom Microbial Consortia Colonizing Plant Roots

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Project "MICRORULES" data sheet

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Organization address
city: Munich
postcode: 80539

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 1˙497˙547 €
 EC max contribution 1˙497˙547 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-09-01   to  2022-08-31


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 Project objective

The roots of healthy plants are colonized by a rich diversity of microbes, forming multi-kingdom microbial consortia that impact plant productivity. Despite the expected high connectivity between root microbiota members, our understanding of microbe-microbe interactions in structuring microbial networks in plant roots as well as their functional impact on plant growth remains poorly understood. Based on recent findings in my group, I propose a conceptual framework aiming at a functional understanding the holo-plant microbiome, where microbial interactions play an integral role in structuring root-associated microbial communities and maintaining microbiota balance and plant health. By profiling three independently-evolved microbial classes (bacteria, fungi, oomycetes) in the roots of natural Arabidopsis thaliana populations across Europe and establishing corresponding reference culture collections for subsequent reconstitution of the plant microbiota in vitro, I will define fundamental mechanisms underlying the structure and functions of the plant microbiota. I will generate and utilize extensive microbial genome resources for the interpretation of metatranscriptome profiles of multi-kingdom synthetic communities during root colonization. This will contribute to a transition from binary plant-microbe to community-level molecular investigations. Finally, using a genetically tractable tripartite interaction model between the non mycorrhizal plant A. thaliana, a beneficial fungal root endophyte and a rhizobacterium, I propose to functionally dissect the molecular basis of beneficial multitrophic plant-microbe interactions by identifying microbial genes that are essential for both microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions. My hypothesis-driven research applies innovative reductionist approaches to reconstitute the microbiota of plant roots in laboratory settings to identify fundamental assembly rules and mechanisms that underpin complex plant-microbe interactions.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Thorsten Thiergart, Paloma Durán, Thomas Ellis, Nathan Vannier, Ruben Garrido-Oter, Eric Kemen, Fabrice Roux, Carlos Alonso-Blanco, Jon Ågren, Paul Schulze-Lefert, Stéphane Hacquard
Root microbiota assembly and adaptive differentiation among European Arabidopsis populations
published pages: 122-131, ISSN: 2397-334X, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-1063-3
Nature Ecology & Evolution 4/1 2020-03-23
2019 Felix Getzke, Thorsten Thiergart, Stéphane Hacquard
Contribution of bacterial-fungal balance to plant and animal health
published pages: 66-72, ISSN: 1369-5274, DOI: 10.1016/j.mib.2019.10.009
Current Opinion in Microbiology 49 2020-03-23
2018 M. Amine Hassani, Paloma Durán, Stéphane Hacquard
Microbial interactions within the plant holobiont
published pages: , ISSN: 2049-2618, DOI: 10.1186/s40168-018-0445-0
Microbiome 6/1 2019-05-27
2018 Paloma Durán, Thorsten Thiergart, Ruben Garrido-Oter, Matthew Agler, Eric Kemen, Paul Schulze-Lefert, Stéphane Hacquard
Microbial Interkingdom Interactions in Roots Promote Arabidopsis Survival
published pages: 973-983.e14, ISSN: 0092-8674, DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2018.10.020
Cell 175/4 2019-05-23
2018 Aurélie Deveau, Gregory Bonito, Jessie Uehling, Mathieu Paoletti, Matthias Becker, Saskia Bindschedler, Stéphane Hacquard, Vincent Hervé, Jessy Labbé, Olga A Lastovetsky, Sophie Mieszkin, Larry J Millet, Balázs Vajna, Pilar Junier, Paola Bonfante, Bastiaan P Krom, Stefan Olsson, Jan Dirk van Elsas, Lukas Y Wick
Bacterial–fungal interactions: ecology, mechanisms and challenges
published pages: 335-352, ISSN: 1574-6976, DOI: 10.1093/femsre/fuy008
FEMS Microbiology Reviews 42/3 2019-06-06

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