Philip Poole

Philip Poole

Department of Plant Sciences

Research Interests

Nitrogen is the principal limiting nutrient in the biosphere with its over use in agriculture resulting in catastrophic disruption of the N-cycle. Our aims are to understand the role of root colonization by bacteria in global nitrogen cycling and to use synthetic biology to engineer new nitrogen-fixing symbioses in grasses. This requires us to understand the molecular basis for bacterial entry into roots and how bacterial communities function in the rhizosphere.

Associated Research Streams

nitrogen-fixation, roots, rhizosphere, plant-microbiology, legumes, nodulation

Philip Poole

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    Deptartment of Plant Sciences
    South Parks Road
    Oxford, OX1 3RB