Brno Ph.D. Talent

Martin Súkeník

From Gels to Greenery: How to Catch Tiny Plant Friends for a Bountiful Harvest

Lector: doc. Ing. Petr Sedláček Ph.D.

Institution: Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Chemistry

Field: Biophysical Chemistry


About the project

The project aims to experimentally evaluate an innovative strategy for the development of biofertilizers based on plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). This strategy consists of encapsulating PGPR in a hydrogel matrix consisting of alginate, a natural polysaccharide with a well-known ability to form a gel. The breakthrough part of this project is to eliminate the need to externally add a gel-forming additive (alginate), which is produced directly in the PGPR culture during its growth.


Why science?

I chose science because it not only offers a fascinating insight into the workings of the world around us but also provides tools for understanding complex problems and finding innovative solutions, which I enjoy. Science also plays a key role in the future, bringing new technologies and contributing to sustainable development. It is without curiosity and the desire for knowledge that the world would be a very boring place.


What do I like most about Brno

Brno is a student city thanks to the high concentration of universities, and it also offers a lot of opportunities for social and cultural entertainment. The unique size of the city creates an interesting balance between nature and a city that is not just a concrete jungle.