Crop nutrition and resilience to perturbation such as drought and pests are intricately linked and all determined by plant-soil interactions. With our research we seek to better understand how to harness the critical role that soil microbes and more broadly, plant-soil interactions play in nutrient cycling and crop nutrition, soil water dynamics and crop tolerance to drought as well as crop resilience to pests and disease.

Research approach
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Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi are ubiquitous, naturally occurring root symbionts that colonize plant roots and require plant carbohydrates. In return, AM fungi can provide several benefits to plants such as improved access to soil nutrients and resilience to biotic and abiotic stressors.

Water stress
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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
and crop tolerance to water stress

If you are interested to learn more about our research on the role that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi play in crops’ response to water stress, contact Maryam Cissé (

Insect herbivory
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Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi
and crop resilience to insect herbivory

Are you curious to learn more about our research on how crops’ resilience to insect herbivory may be affected by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi? Contact Onikepe Akangbe for more information (

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