[LISTEN] Ensuring food security through legume plants and their soil microbiome

Tiisetso Mpai is currently enrolled for a PhD degree at the Tshwane University of Technology where she is focusing on legume plants and their soil microbiome.

In her current research, Mpai is evaluating the genetic diversity and taxonomy of root-nodule bacteria that nodulate endangered native legumes of the Cape Core Region, and their symbiotic effectiveness on tropical grain legumes.

Mpai hopes that her research will help to solve the problems of native plant extinction and low soil fertility.

These plants form a symbiotic relationship with the soil bacteria so we have a hypothesis or belief that since they are endemic to that particular location, the bacteria that is in association with them is a special bacteria that cannot be find elsewhere in the world. So if we can trace the bacteria, culture the bacteria and introduce it to our agricultural crops.....the aim of my study is to trace that bacteria because I believe that it has something that the world doesn't have.

Tiisetso Mpai, PhD in science candidate at TUT

I am tracing it and culturing it, so that it can improve the yield. Given the climate change and change in temperature, we believe this bacteria can do the trick for us and eliminate the need for chemical fertilisers.

Tiisetso Mpai, PhD in science candidate at TUT

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