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Dr Tim Mauchline

Plant and Soil Microbiologist

Sustainable Soils and Crops

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, AL5 2JQ
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Tim is a molecular microbiologist. He uses traditional microbiology, molecular biology and next generation sequencing in his research. He has spent his entire research career studying microbial interactions in the plant root environment. He is interested in the ecology of microbial communities in cropping systems, especially the process of niche occupation in plants (including the rhizosphere and endosphere), primarily from the bulk soil. The aim is to understand the function and potential of plant-associated microbes for nutrient cycling, plant stress tolerance and disease suppression. His ultimate goal is to maximise the contribution of microbes for the development of sustainable agricultural systems. Recently, his research has focused on factors that shape the wheat root microbiome and, in turn, the role of the microbiome; it has also involved exemplar community members, such as fluorescent Pseudomonads, for the protection of plants against take-all disease of wheat.

Strategic Programme

  • Achieving Sustainable Agricultural Systems (ASSIST)
  • Soil 2 Nutrition (S2N)

Science Projects

  • Exploitation of the rhizosphere microbiome for sustainable wheat production
  • Roots of decline? Assembly and function of the rhizosphere microbiome in relation to crop yield

PhD Projects

  • Rhizosphere bacteria promote sustainable crop growth
  • Characterising the influence of wheat cultivar on rhizosphere microbiome diversity and function


  • 1998 - Bachelor (Hons) of Applied Biology, University of Bath
  • 2002 - PhD in Microbiology, University of Reading

Measures of Esteem

  • 2017 - Invited speaker: Microbiology society annual meeting, Edinburgh
  • 2017 - Invited speaker: Rothamsted/CIMYTT workshop, Mexico
  • 2016 - Invited speaker: Nanjing Agricultural University
  • 2016 - Speaker and co-organiser: 1st plant microbiome symposium Embrapa environment, SP state, Brazil
  • 2015 - Speaker and co-organiser Rothamsted microbiome workshop
  • 2015 - Speaker and co-convener of Microbiome session at Rhizosphere 4
  • 2015 - Invited speaker: James Hutton Institute
  • 2014 - Invited speaker: John Innes Centre
  • 2014 - Invited speaker: University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) Microbiology department
  • 2014 - Invited speaker: Embrapa environment, SP state, Brazil