Using synthetic communities to visualise bacterial plant leaf community development and pathogen invasion processes at the single-cell resolution

Status: Current

Dates: 2018 - 2021

Māori Relevant Content: Yes


  • Royal Society of New Zealand (Marsden Fund, 2018 - 2021)

Project Abstract

Plant leaves are an excellent study system for bacterial ecology: The majority of leaf colonising bacteria can be cultivated and used for inoculation of plants in the lab and in combination with autofluorescent proteins, this can be exploited to visualise bacterial behaviour on plant leaves using microscopy. This is facilitated by the virtually flat nature of leaves, while they are very tortuous at the micrometer resolution. Currently, ecological drivers impacting on community development on plants are unknown. We propose the use of artificial (“synthetic”) bacterial communities to investigate spatial community development in planta and aim at building a predictive understanding of community development.

Researchers - UC Staff

Associated Groups

Subject Area: Disciplines