Searching for two postdoctoral fellows for the Division of Plant Science and Technology at the University of Missouri (College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Sciences). The postdoctoral scientists will work on beneficial plant/microbe interactions (arbuscular mycorrhizal interactions, nitrogen-fixing Rhizobia) and will identify critical pathways that control the resource exchange between the host plant and its root symbionts. We are particularly interested in nutrient to carbon exchange dynamics in interactions that provide variable levels of benefit or in tripartite interactions to better understand how a host plant regulates the carbon costs of its root symbioses and how the carbon supply from the host triggers nutrient uptake and transport by different symbionts. We use different labeling techniques to track the resource allocation between partners, metagenome analyses to determine the composition of plant associated microbial communities, transcriptome analyses to identify candidate genes involved in resource exchange processes, or advanced molecular and microscopic techniques to functionally characterize genes of interest.
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