PhD defence

Microbiome.config. Deciphering microbial lifestyles for rational design of plant growth promoting communities.

PhD candidate W (Wasin) Poncheewin
Promotor VAP (Vitor) Martins dos Santos
prof.dr. M (Maria) Suarez Diez
Co-promotor dr. PJ (Peter) Schaap
Organisation Wageningen University, Systems and Synthetic Biology

Wed 16 November 2022 11:00 to 12:30

Venue Omnia
Room Groot Auditorium


In this thesis, I develop and apply computational approaches to systematically study the microbial communities of the plant roots in the light of designing a minimal and functional community to enhance the performance of a crop. The work has two main focuses; 1) identification of the species richness in natural occurring microbiomes and 2) the in-depth study of the strains, with an emphasis on their pathogenicity, as this is a crucial criterion to avoid when assembling synthetic communities. In the process, tools were developed and applied to increase the understanding of microbial communities through large-scale comparative analysis.