Professor Philip Poole
The design and development of synthetic symbioses in cereal crops such as rice, wheat and maize.
I am working on the development of genetic circuitry which will enable nitrogen fixing bacteria including Azorhizobium caulinodans to significantly promote crop productivity. In collaboration with MIT I aim to use novel synthetic biological techniques and parts to construct a rhizosphere specific switch to cause crop endophytes to support plant nutrient production under specific conditions.
Grant K. C, Khodadad C. L. M and Foster. J. Role of Hfq in an animal–microbe symbiosis under simulated microgravity conditions. 2014. International Journal of Astrobiology. 13:01.