Microorganisms and Plants
The research group focuses on molecular and cellular biology of plants and microorganisms, interaction between plants and microbes, plant physiology, mathematical modelling and bioinformatics. This creates a platform dedicated to curiosity-driven basic research addressing system biology from the molecular and cellular level to single organisms and community levels.
Research activities include functional microbial ecology in Arctic and Sub-Arctic environments; studies of legume-rhizobium symbiosis and cyanobacterial symbioses with plants; interaction between endophytes or epiphytes (i.e. parasitic weeds) and their host plants; structural and functional analyses of metabolite transporters and transcriptional regulators; biosynthesis of phenolic compounds in plants; and bioinformatics modelling and prediction of molecular interactions.
Current research focus:
- Carbon cycling and methane in permafrost ecosystems
- Bioremediation of oil polluted environments
- Metabolism and regulatory mechanisms in plants and phototrophic bacteria
- Symbionts and parasites affecting plant productivity
- Host-parasite interfaces in plants
- Molecular bioinformatics
Group leader: Mette Marianne Svenning