Grupo de Microbiología Ambiental y Simbiótica

Investigador Responsable: Esperanza Martínez-Romero, Ph.D.

How it emerged

Phaseolus vulgaris (bean)was chosen as the model to study symbiotic nitrogen fixation at CIFN. Being native to Mexico , bean offered a large diversity of bacterial symbionts and for this, biodiversity studies were undertaken to characterize them. Over the years these studies have extended to cover other beneficial bacteria associated with different plants of agronomic or forestry importance.


Future research will be directed to study the diversity of environmental isolates that may be hazardous to humans and the diversity of symbiotic bacteria of arthropods and plants, and to further understand the molecular interactions of prokaryotes with eukaryotes. We look forward to continuing to use legume trees and different native trees in ecological restauration projects. New research projects in the group will combine computational genomic analyses with empirical studies of microbial ecology and evolution.

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