Volunteer: Mohammed Antar
Country of Residence: Canada
Mohammed studied his BSc in Plant Production/Agriculture at Salahaddin University-Erbil, Iraq. He secured teaching and research assistant positions at the same university for more than two years. Then, He moved to Manchester, United Kingdom to study MSc (honors) in Plant Science at the Faculty of Life Sciences in The University of Manchester, where he finished his study with distinction.
After almost five years of lecturing and research at Salahaddin University-Erbil, he moved to Montreal/Canada to pursue a PhD study in the Department of Plant Science at prestigious McGill University. He is currently a PhD candidate working in Plant-Microbe Interactions laboratory. His study focuses on the application and evaluation of microbial consortium in both controlled environment and field conditions to understand how Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPRs) interact with climate (drought stress) and soil conditions (soil organic matter and soil types), and increase the quality and quantity of crop yield. He is also interested in working on metagenomics to understand the effects of PGPRs on microbial population and diversity in rhizosphere, and proteomics to study protein profiles in drought-stressed plants.
Many of the most serious human infectious agents are either derived from the wider environment or have environmental reservoirs. In this Thematic Issue from FEMS Microbiology Letters, we explore the underlying biology, transmission cycles and risk factors for a breadth of microbes, presented as a series of original research and mini-reviews.