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Isha Hashmi

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Post-doctorant
 

Office A221

Phone: +41 32 718 22 56

 

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My main field of interests are microbial ecology and applied microbiology. Currently I am working on three main topics:

1)    Bioremediation: Soil contamination due to dispersal of industrial and urban waste is one of the major environmental concern. In this project, one of my aim is to explore and exploit fruiting bodies of fungi as a bio-recovery of valuable metals which are present in urban wastes mainly digested sewage sludge.

2)    Sustainable agriculture: In conventional agriculture, inappropriate management practices and use of agrochemicals has led to major impacts on both soils and water. For these reasons, the search for sustainable alternatives in agriculture has become a priority. Keeping these points in mind, I am working on to develop a novel bio-fungicide against soil-borne fungal pathogens that affect crops worldwide. In this project, I am also interested to understand the effect of the applied bio-fungicide on the native microbial communities and it’s persistent in the soil. This project is in collaboration with Agroscope and Haute Ecole Arc HE-Arc (BE-JU-NE).

3)    Bacterial-fungal and fungal-fungal interactions: In terrestrial ecosystems, bacteria and fungi not only interact with plants but also among themselves and their interaction can have significant impact on plant growth. Both are known for their diversified nutritional capabilities, leading to positive, neutral and negative interactions. Mycophagy is a type of antagonistic interaction in which bacteria can obtain nutrients from living fungi, producing a negative impact on the fungal partner. Mycophagy is well-studied in Collimonas genus, however little is known in Lysinibacillus genus. In this project, I am studying and understanding the mechanisms involved in differential mycophagy of Lysinibacillus sphaericus towards fungi with two contrasting ecologies.

 

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Education

Post-Doc, June 2019 to present, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel

PhD in Biology, Oct 2014-May 2019, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel

Title: Improving bio-inoculation for sustainable agriculture

 
Awards and achievements

Travel grant from Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars for Ph.D.


Publications

  • Hashmi I, Bindschedler S & Junier P (in press). The Phylum Firmicutes, Volume I: Bacteria. In Amaresan N, Senthil Kumar M, Annapurna K, Kumar k & Sankaranarayanan A (Eds.) Beneficial Microbes in Agro-Ecology. Academic Press

 

  • Hashmi I, Paul C, Al-Dourobi A, Sandoz F, Deschamps P, Junier T, Junier P & Bindschedler S (2019) Comparison of the plant growth-promotion performance of a consortium of Bacilli inoculated as endospores or as vegetative cells. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 95.

 

  • Paul C, Filippidou S, Jamil I, et al. (2019) Chapter Three - Bacterial spores, from ecology to biotechnology. Advances in Applied Microbiology, Vol. 106 (Gadd GM & Sariaslani S, eds.), 79-111. Academic Press.

 

  • Firdaus e B, Shafiq M & Jamil S (2012) Role of plant growth regulators and a saprobic fungus in enhancement of metal phytoextraction potential and stress alleviation in pearl millet. Journal of Hazardous Materials 237-238: 186-193.

 

Teaching experience

May 2019: Assistant for practical of bioremediation, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel.

December 2017: Assistant for practical of molecular ecology, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel.

March-April 2017: Assistant for the Problem-based learning in Microbiology, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel. Topic: Biocontrol of phytopathogenic fungus with the help of mycophagous bacteria

October 2016: Assistant for practical of molecular ecology, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel.

Feb-March 2016: Assistant for the Problem-based learning in Microbiology, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel. Topic: Use of PGPR bacteria and saprophytic fungi as a biocontrol of plant pathogens

Feb-March 2015: Assistant for the Problem-based learning in Microbiology, Laboratory of Microbiology, University of Neuchâtel. Topic: Influence of Trichoderma on the interaction between bacteria and phytopathogenic fungi.

 

Conferences

Oral presentation

7th Swiss Microbial Ecology Meeting (SME), Lausanne, Switzerland, 2019

Topic: Effect of a mixed consortium of three Bacillus strains on plant growth promotion of oat and its consequence on native microbial communities.

Annual PhD students meeting - Intellectual Property: from academia to industry, Neuchâtel, 2018

Topic: Targeted mycophagous lifestyle of Lysinibacillus sphaericus against the phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani.

17th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Leipzig, Germany, 2018 (short oral presentation of poster)

Topic: Targeted mycophagous lifestyle of Lysinibacillus sphaericus against the phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani.

Annual congress of the Swiss Society for Microbiology (SSM) Lausanne, Switzerland, 2018

Topic: Targeted mycophagous lifestyle of Lysinibacillus sphaericus against the phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani.

Zürich Mycology Symposium 2018, Agroscope Reckenholz, Switzerland, 2018

Topic: Targeted mycophagous lifestyle of Lysinibacillus sphaericus against the phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani.

Annual Ph.D. students meeting 2015 - Novel Techniques in Science, Neuchâtel, Switzerland (short oral presentation of poster)

Topic: Screening of plant growth promoting activities in endospore forming bacteria and evaluation of their tripartite association with soil fungi and plant.

 

Poster presentation

17th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology, Leipzig, Germany, 2018

Topic: Targeted mycophagous lifestyle of Lysinibacillus sphaericus against the phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani.

Biology 18 meeting, Neuchâtel, 2018

Topic: Targeted mycophagous lifestyle of Lysinibacillus sphaericus against the phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani.

International Symposium on Microbe-assisted Crop Production (miCROPe), Vienna, 2017

Topic: Bio-inoculation of plant growth promoting bacteria as consortium: a promising strategy towards sustainable agriculture.

7th Congress of European Microbiologists (FEMS), Spain, 2017

Topic: Mycophagous lifestyle of Lysinibacillus sphaericus against phytopathogenic fungus Rhizoctonia solani

74th Annual Swiss Society for Microbiology Meeting, Berne, Switzerland, 2016

Topic: Bio-inoculation of plant growth promoting bacteria as consortium: a promising strategy towards sustainable agriculture.

MiCroP Workshop, Denmark, 2016

Topic: Screening of plant growth promoting activities in endospore-forming bacteria

6th Swiss Microbial Ecology Meeting, Ascona, Switzerland, 2015

Topic: Screening of plant growth promoting activities in endospore-forming bacteria

Annual Ph.D. students meeting 2015 - Novel Techniques in Science, Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Topic: Screening of plant growth promoting activities in endospore forming bacteria and evaluation of their tripartite association with soil fungi and plant.