Ali Lab



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Investigating the tripartite interaction of plants with pathogenic and beneficial microbes.

Plants live in their environment not in isolation, but in a dynamic interaction with millions of other microorganisms. These multi-partite interactions can be broadly categorized as beneficial or antagonistic. Survival of all organisms including plants in their natural ecosystems depends on delicate balances of these interactions. Many host plant, and biotic and abiotic factors as shown in the Figure below affect these interactions.  In our lab, we are focusing on understating the microbiomes of Florida-native plants.  With these investigations, we hope to enhance our understanding of the yet-to-discovere microbiome of plants and to utilize that knowledge for developing sustainable and eco-friendly crop production systems.