Most flowering plants develop mutualistic symbioses with arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi to improve access to essential mineral nutrients. The fungal endosymbionts are housed in membrane-bound compartments within root cells. Our research combines genetic, genomic and cell biology approaches to dissect the plant and fungal cellular programs for establishment and regulation of AM symbiosis, and mechanisms of symbiotic phosphate transport.
Title: William H. Crocker Professor
Department: Boyce-Thompson Institute, Plant Pathology and Plant- Microbe Biology (adjunct)
Roles: Faculty Investigator
Research Areas: Agriculture Research, Fungi, Genetics, Genomics and Cell Biology of Infection, Microbiota and Microbiomes, Plant Hosts