Section for Crop Sciences
Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg C, 8-61, Building: 20
It is striking to consider how much a better understanding of roots could contribute to the challenges facing agriculture today, namely a better use of nutrients and water, as well as sustained productivity under various stress conditions. My interest in roots and root use has emerged during my Master studies, where I was working on rhizoremediation topic. I studied different biochemical and molecular aspects of root tolerance towards diesel oil and how the presence of petroleum-degrading bacteria can increase root tolerance towards the pollutant. My interest in roots continued subsequently during my PhD, where I focused on root acquisition of nutrients and the role of microorganisms in plant nutrient uptake. Specifically, I studied white clover organic nitrogen uptake upon different conditions using isotopic, molecular, and analytical techniques. My interest in clover root organic nitrogen uptake continued during my post-doc where I investigated interaction of organic and inorganic nitrogen uptake. After that, I have started my current work in the Deep Frontier project, where I investigate deep roots, which have many nutritional and biogeochemical benefits to the plant. My research aim is to determine if we can obtain deep roots by using agricultural managements, e.g. intercropping and how to use this knowledge in the development of resource efficient cropping systems.