Microbes are increasingly recognised as important contributors to any ecosystem. Food production systems are no exception.

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Microbial mitigation

Understanding microbial functions is critical to increasing the resilience of agricultural systems. 

Microbes provide protection against biotic and abiotic stressors. Biotic factors are living things within an ecosystem such as plants, animals and bacteria; abiotic factors are non-living components such as water, soil and atmosphere.

The production of nitrous oxide and methane are byproducts of microbial processes occurring in the soil and rumen, respectively. 

Microbial adaptation

Our research on microbial adaptation focuses on understanding the microbiomes in soil, plants and animals to improve traits that confer climate resilience.

Our detailed understanding of microbial metabolism has led to the identification of compounds that reduce the activity of microbial processes involved in the formation of nitrous oxide in the soil and methane in the rumen for commercial application in the near future.

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    • Soil microbiology
    • Plant endophytes
    • Rumen and gastrointestinal microbiology
    • Microbial ecology
    • Microbial genomics
    • Microbial physiology
    • Bioinformatics
    • Chemogenomics
    • Culture collections: e.g. Hungate1000 collection of rumen microbes

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