Streptomyces is a major component of the root microbiome of a broad spectrum of crop plants.
Members of the genus are soil-dwelling filamentous bacteria able to produce a large array of bioactive molecules that can benefit plant growth and resistance.
Damien is studying such beneficial interactions between wheat and Streptomyces. He is particularly interested in strains that can colonise the endosphere and uses mixed approaches to investigate how they enter, how they switch their lifestyle and how they work on plant innate immunity in order to persist inside the root.
This knowledge would help to develop more efficient and sustainable Streptomyces-based crop protection products.