Plant – Bacteria interaction: use of Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria (PGPB) for agriculture and environment

The line’s objective is the development of novel inoculants for the management and release of plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) with agriculture and environmental purposes, such as bioremediation and restoration of degraded soils.

Research areas

  • Bioprospection of novel PGPB from extreme environments
  • Search of new materials as carriers to immobilize microorganisms. Project: Exploring the use of cellulose fibers as microcapsules for plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) inoculants – Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA)
  • Development of multispecific inoculants for purposes such as solubilization and mineralization of phosphate
  • Monitoring of the use of single and mixed inoculants on plant growth and productivity, soil  physicochemical characteristics, soil biogeochemical cycles, and rhizosphere microbiome structure and function. Project: Artificial creation of resource islands in semi-arid areas as a strategy for restoration of soil fertility and functionality of rhizosphere microbial communities. BIS-Northwestern Center for Biological Research (CIBNOR, Mexico).