Shaista Karim

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2021-2022

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Agricultural Biology

Research Summary: The rapid rise in global population has put immense pressure to achieve sustainable crop productivity. By 2050, crop production needs to be double to fulfill food-supply demand. Efforts to increase the production are continuously challenged by environmental factors and pests. Of those pests are continuous threat to food production, their storage, and distribution. Therefore, my research focuses on controlling and curing bacterial disease in sustainable way. Specifically, my research aims in identifying resistant factors in wild plants and translating it into cultivated plants with major focus on potato to bridge the gap between role of soil microbiome for sustainable agriculture.