Root Functional Biology

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Root Functional Biology group aims to understand the genetic control and adaptive strategy of root growth and development interacting with soil microbes under environmental stresses in crops.


Prof. Hans Lambers | Talk

Prof. Hans Lambers from University of Western Australia, Honorary Professor, China Agricultural University on "Carboxylate-releasing phosphorus-mobilising strategies are pervasive in phosphorus-impoverished landscapes". Please find his classical and pioneering work on root ecology and root function (

We are proud to announce the fantastic experience with our field trial in Madagascar!

With an joint effort, we harvested over 1500 rhizosphere samples within two days! We are now curious about what microbes do such soil contain and what functions do they play in such poor soil.

Prof. Zhongtao Jia | Talk

Prof. Zhongtao Jia from China Agricultural University (CAU) on "Hormonal regulation of root nitrogen foraging responses in plants". Prof. Jia did his postdoc with Prof. Nicolaus von Wirén in Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK Gatersleben, Germany). He is mainly interested on molecular mechanisms underlying nitrogen signaling on root development. His research topics include the identification of molecular regulators and genetic allelic variants determining nutrient use efficiency in the aspect of root development and nutrient acquisition.

New publication

In collaboration with Fujian Agricultural University (China), we published a research article on Nature Communications and we found that specific soil microorganisms Flavobacteriaceae and Paenibacillaceae bacteria can promote the formation of the rhizoshealth by biosynthesis of indole-3-acetic acid (IAA, a common auxin).



Dr. Peng Yu


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