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Advanced mass spectrometry explains how plant roots and micro-organisms interact

PhD defence, Friday 23 October 2020. Kourosh Hooshmand.

2020.10.23 | Sunitha Satkunam

Kourosh Hooshmand

During his PhD studies, Kourosh Hooshmand worked with advanced mass spectrometry-based techniques to uncover the molecular mechanism underlying complex plant-beneficial microbes-pathogen tripartite interactions that confer indirect plant defence. Kourosh Hooshmand identified various metabolic markers associated with plant host defence mechanisms/phenotypes as well as virulence factors of the fungal pathogen.

The results from this study contribute to the development of novel strategies aimed at boosting plant yield and protecting the plant against soil-borne pathogens, which could ultimately lead to sustainable agriculture production.

The PhD study was completed at the Department of Agroecology, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday 23 October 2020 at 10:00
Place: PhD defence will be held online. To receive a link to the event, please send an e-mail to Karina Rysholt Christensen; kch@agro.au.dk
Title of PhD thesis: Use of targeted, semi-targeted and untargeted mass spectrometry for the elucidation of the influence of small molecules on interactions between Arabidopsis and the rhizosphere microorganisms.
Contact information: Kourosh Hooshmand, e-mail: Kourosh.Hooshmand@agro.au.dk, tel.: +4587158497
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Jurriaan Ton, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
Professor Thomas Ostenfeld Larsen, Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Senior Researcher Henrik Skovgård (chairman), Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Main supervisor: 
Associate Professor Inge S. Fomsgaard, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Professor Mogens Nicolaisen, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University, Denmark
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.

Due to the coronavirus situation, the PhD thesis will not be available for reading at the offices of the PhD administration. Instead, interested parties may send an e-mail to gradschool.tech@au.dk to receive a digital copy of the PhD thesis. Please note, it may in certain cases be necessary to make an individual arrangement to read the PhD thesis.

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