In line with NIFA AFRI's Crosscutting Program Area, we leverage MSU's unique combination of interdisciplinary strengths in plant physiological responses to stress, metabolomics, genomics and transcriptomics to answer a foundational question: How is the 'C cost' managed under environmental stress? Our two objectives are to evaluate how environmental stress influences 1) the C cost or plant investment of C into root exudates (i.e. proportion of plant C allocated to root exudates vs growth and respiration), and 2) the root exudate composition and cascading impacts on root microbiome composition and potential function.
THE CARBON COST OF A HEALTHY ROOT MICROBIOME UNDER ENVIRONMENTAL STRESS
Ulrich, D.; Peyton, Br, .
Montana State University