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Plants are in constant interactions with a large diversity of microorganisms, that belong to various biological kingdoms including archaea, bacteria, fungi and protista. In nature, these inter-kingdom interactions can be both cooperative and detrimental to the host-plants. Our major research focus is to understand the dynamics of inter-kingdom microbiome-interactions and how it affects the crop production. We use cutting-edge culture-independent (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metabolomics) and culture-dependent (culturomics) methods combined with computational biology. We especially employ a systematics-based approach, so that we can identify individual organisms involved in these interactions, their biological functions, impacts on neighboring niches, and metabolic activity.


We are currently looking for a laboratory technician/manager. Please write to sanjay[at] if you are interested in the research opportunity. 

Although we are currently not recruiting graduate students, potential candidates with keen interest in understanding how inter-kingdom interactions between microorganisms affect plant health are encouraged to visit the "current research" page for more information on the research themes. For more information contact Dr Sanjay Antony-Babu (sanjay[at] 

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