Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange
Speaker: Dr. Niloufar Hagh Doust is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Tartu, who’s research focuses on soil microbes.
Title of the talk: Fungal endophytes benefits and challenges for crop production under environmental stress
Time: Thursday, 13 May 2021 at 14.15
Place: Virtual seminar in Zoom
Summary: Environmental stresses are among the most critical limiting factors for crop production worldwide. Such confining environmental stresses include biotic stress such as pathogens and herbivores, and abiotic factors such as salinity, high/low temperature, drought etc. Plant production systems need to be optimized to produce stable high yields from limited land under changing and variable climates. Sustainable alternatives to chemical-based fertilizers and pesticides are required to reduce costs and maintain or increase yields under environmental stress. Plant-microbe interactions are among these biological solutions. However, a relatively small number of beneficial plant-microbe interactions are well understood and already exploited for optimizing plant production especially in case of fungal Endophytes. In this seminar I will discuss some of the results of my previous and ongoing projects on fungal endophytes and their potential values in agriculture.