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Mohamed Hijri
Full professor
Department of biological sciences - University of Montreal

Mycology, soil microbial diversity

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Symbiosis is a close association between two types of organisms belonging to different species with usually beneficial consequences for both or at least one of the organisms. The mycorrhiza symbiosis is the best example and consists of an association between the plant roots and soil fungi. The arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis is so far the most commom and widespread symbiotic associations on earth, and concerns more than 80% of vascular plants. I am interested, in particular to the fungus side of this symbiosis known as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). AMF are ubiquitous in terrestrial ecosystems and are important because they improve plant growth by increasing phosphorus uptake and confer resistance against plant pathogens.

My research interests are in the areas of molecular genetics, cytogenetics, genomics, evolution and biodiversity of AMF. The objective of my research program is to understand genetic structure, evolution and reproduction of AMF. Such knowledge is extremely important for the agriculture and adjustment of the environment. Impact of a future knowledge as for operation with genetic point of view of these organizations is vital and necessary to the comprehension of their paramount role in nature.

Keywords: Molecular genetics, genomics and evolution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) • Environmental genomics and biodiversity of soil microbes


Collaborators and research associates
David Dussault

Ph.D. students
Andrew Blakney, co-supervision with Marc St-Arnaud
Amandine Ducousso
Zakaria Lahrach
Simon Morvan


BIO-1804: Introduction à la microbiologie environnementale
BIO-2050: Stage de recherche 1
BIO-2350: Diversité fongique
BIO-3050: Stage de recherche 2
BIO-3080: Animation scientifique
BIO-3781: Microorganismes phytopathogènes
BIO-6009: Lectures dirigées en biologie
MCB-1979: Microbiologie générale

Café scientifique avec Michel Labrecque et Mohamed Hijri
Venez rencontrer les professeurs Michel Labrecque et Mohamed Hijri de l’Institut de recherche en biologie végétale de l’Université de Montréal pour découvrir leur projet en bioremédiation ainsi que les solutions qui s’offrent à votre environnement...
Mohamed Hijri at parliament!
On February 11, IRBV researcher Mohamed Hijri was a special guest at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, on invitation by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). At a ceremony entitled “From Research to Innovation to...
TEDx conference by Mohamed Hijri on phosphorus use in agriculture
Irresponsible phosphorus use in agriculture has a critical and little-known impact on the environment, says IRBV researcher Mohamed Hijri. Mycorrhizal fungi may be an effective alternative. This TEDx 18-minute talk is the first in a...
Mohamed Hijri honored by the ADRIQ
At the third annual award ceremony of the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l’innovation du Québec (ADRIQ, Quebec Association for Research Development and Innovation) held at Marché Bonsecours on May 17,...
Mohamed Hijri - projects
Research projects Molecular Genetics, Genomics and Evolution of AMF Nuclear Genomes Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) are asexual root-inhabiting symbionts organisms, and among the most common soil fungi. AMF form symbioses with the roots of approximately...
Mohamed Hijri
Full professor department of biological sciences 514.343.2120  Research Molecular genetics, genomics and evolution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF). Environmental genomics and biodiversity of soil microbes. Description Symbiosis is a close association between two...
The IRBV shines at the latest Meeting of the CBA
Congratulations to Béatrice Gervais-Bergeron, a brilliant student in the laboratory of Michel Labrecque, who won the Lionel Cinq-Mars prize for the best presentation at the latest annual meeting of the Canadian Botanical Association in Rouyn-Noranda....
Andrew Blakney receives the Marie-Victorin excellence award
The 2021 Marie-Victorin excellence award goes to Andrew Blakney, a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Mohamed Hijri, co-supervised by Marc St-Arnaud. In his innovative Ph.D. project he studied the evolution of microbial communities through...
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