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Dr. Liao specializes in symbiosis research, particularly microbial mutualisms. Her primary interests lie at understanding relationships between microbial diversity and their function to the ecosystem. Current research areas include applying integrated metaomics to visualize the role of soil microbiomes play on nutrient cycling, plant fitness and (natural/agro-) ecosystem processes.
Provide growers with information on improving soil health and crop productivity through the detection/prediction of microbial dynamics. Apply the emerging technologies to highlight the importance of ecosystem services provided by microbiomes.