Dr Lambert Bräu completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the University of Western Australia and his PhD was in the field of exercise biochemistry and physiology. He moved to Murdoch University in 1998 as a postdoctoral research fellow in the area of Ruminant Microbiology with the Rumen Biotech Research Group, developing rumen bacteria able to protect cattle from poisoning by fluoro acetate, a powerful toxin present in many native Australian plants.
In 2001 he joined the Centre for Rhizobium Studies (CRS- Murdoch University) and worked as postdoc in the area of nitrogen fixing bacteria, bacterial genomics and bioinformatics before taking a lecturing position at the School of Biology and Biotechnology. His research focus remained in rhizobia, nitrogen fixation and bacterial genomics and he also set up the Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) group in the CRS. Since moving to Deakin University in 2012 , he has continued his research focus on PGPRs, nitrogen fixation, soil microbiology and plant microbe interactions to improve crop production and reduce fertilizer inputs in farming systems.
1. Development of beneficial microbes for increased crop production is Australian farming systems - major collaborations with Flinders University, Murdoch University, SARDI (South Australian Research and Development Institute and CSIRO – funded by a major GRDC grant (GRDC Beneficial Microbes Programme: 2013-2017)
2. Improved delivery technologies for agriculturally important microbes – TERI (New Delhi), New Edge Microbials Pty Ltd (NSW) and Prof Colin Barrow (Deakin University)
3. Elucidating the genetic circuits and signalling involved in the plant-microbe interactions that lead to plant growth promotion and/or pathogen suppression. This is the focus of his basic research and will not only continue to generate high impact publications but inform the targets for the applied research outlined above.
4. Rhizobial structural and functional genomic via major genome sequencing initiative to sequence 100 root nodule bacteria: “Assessing the Genetic and Functional diversity of Root Nodule Bacteria (RNB) through systematic Biogeographic survey” - Collaboration with the US Department of Energy’s Joint Genome Institute and Dr Wayne, Reeve Murdoch University.