Researcher biography

View Alexander's 2020 Global Change Scholars Program Showcase video.

My PhD project focuses on the utilisation of beneficial soil bacteria and specific bioactive compounds isolated from them as biopesticides for improving crop plant resistance against destructive fungi and oomycetes. Also, my work will involve the new approach of microbiome engineering and selecting microbiome-optimised plant cultivars. The outcomes of my PhD project will lead to the development of new strategies for disease control in agriculture that do not rely on toxic chemicals because current use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides have harmful influences on the environment, biodiversity and human health. Thus making a beneficial contribution in sustainable agricultural practises and global food security.

My principal advisor is Professor Peer Schenk.