Abdul Aziz Eida

PhD Student

PhD Student



Research Interests

My research interests include the isolation and characterization of beneficial bacteria from pioneer desert plants, through multi-omics approaches, and their application as inoculants in agriculture for promoting plant tolerance to environmental stresses and enhancing crop yields in semi-arid regions like Saudi Arabia, especially in light of climate change. 

Selected Publications

Tailoring plant-associated microbial inoculants in agriculture - A roadmap for successful application. Saad, M.M., Eida, A.A., and Hirt, H. Journal of Experimental Botany (2020).

Complete genome sequence of the endophytic bacterium Cellulosimicrobium sp. JZ28 isolated from the root endosphere of the perennial desert tussock-grass Panicum turgidum. Eida, A.A., Bougouffa, S., Alam, I., Saad, M.M., and Hirt, H. (2020). Archives of Microbiology (2020).

Genome insights of the plant-growth promoting bacterium Cronobacter muytjensii JZ38 with volatile-mediated antagonistic activity against Phytophthora infestans. Eida, A.A., Bougouffa, S., L'Haridon, F., Alam, I., Weisskopf, L., Bajic, V.B., Saad, M.M., and Hirt, H. Frontiers in Microbiology (2020).

Complete genome sequence of Paenibacillus sp. JZ16, a plant growth promoting root endophytic bacterium of the desert halophyte Zygophyllum simplex. Eida, A.A., Bougouffa, S., Alam, I., Hirt, H., and Saad, M.M. Current Microbiology (2020).

Phylogenetically diverse endophytic bacteria from desert plants induce transcriptional changes of tissue-specific ion transporters and salinity stress in Arabidopsis thaliana. Eida, A.A., Alzubaidy, H.S., de Zélicourt, A., Synek, L., Alsharif, W., Lafi, F.F., et al. Plant Science (2019).

Desert plant bacteria reveal host influence and beneficial plant growth properties. Eida, A.A., Ziegler, M., Lafi, F.F., Michell, C.T., Voolstra, C.R., Hirt, H., et al. PLoS One (2018).

Challenges faced in field application of phosphate-solubilizing bacteria. Eida, A.A., Hirt, H., and Saad, M.M. Rhizotrophs: Plant Growth Promotion to Bioremediation. Springer (2017).


MSc Bioscience - KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2015
BSc Biotechnology - Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany, 2014

KAUST Affiliations

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture 

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division 

Research Interests Keywords

Plant growth-promoting bacteria; PGPR; Plant-microbe interactions; Abiotic stress; Salinity stress; Plant-associated microbiota; Synthetic community (SynCom) application; Microbial inoculants; Desert microbes; DARWIN21.