Mike’s main research subject is the beneficial interactions of bacteria with plants to tolerate stress by harsh environmental conditions such as drought and salinity. Using in vitro symbiotic assays with bacteria from the deserts of Arabic peninsula and the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, as well as wheat and tomato, he seeks to decipher the imposed molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to stress tolerance. He focuses on the homeostasis of the hormone auxin, which can play a role for the alleviation of stress effects.
Research Interests Keywords
Plant Microbiology, Plant abiotic stress, Drought, Salinity, Plant-Microbe Interactions, Plant Immunity, Auxin homeostasis, Glucosinolates, Confocal microscopy, Arabidopsis, Wheat, Tomato