Dr. Samiran Banerjee

Assistant Professor

Van Es 132A
(701) 231-6387


Banerjee Lab Website


  • Ph.D. in Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan, Canada (2012)
  • M.Sc. in Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK (2007)

Professional Experience

  • Project Leader, Agroscope, Switzerland (2016-2019)
  • OCE Postdoctoral Fellow, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia (2013-2016)

Research Interests

Intensive agriculture is a major problem of the 21st century that has led to a wide range of environmental impacts such as poor nutrient-use efficiency, groundwater eutrophication, enhanced greenhouse gas emissions, and degraded soil quality. Microbial communities play an indispensable role in agroecosystems by delivering numerous services, including nutrient cycling, organic matter decomposition, soil aggregate stabilization, and beneficial interactions with crops. Thus, understanding the impact of agricultural intensification on microbial communities is important for the productivity and sustainability of agroecosystems.

My research explores the effect of intensive management practices on soil- and plant microbiomes in agricultural systems. I use a combination of traditional and next-generation techniques to examine the role of microbiota in agroecosystem processes under a changing global climate.

Recent Publications

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  1. Banerjee, S., Walder, F., Buchi, L., Keller, T., Charles, R., and van der Heijden, M.G.A. (2019). Agricultural intensification reduces network complexity and the abundance of keystone taxa in roots. ISME Journal  13:1722-1736. Read this paper
  2. Wagg, C., Schlaeppi, K., Banerjee, S., Kuramae, E.E., and van der Heijden, M.G.A. (2019). Fungal-bacterial diversity and microbiome complexity predict soil multifunctionality. Nature Communications 10: 4841. Read this paper
  3. Herzog, C., Honegger, A., Hegglin, D., Wittwer, R., de Ferron, A., Verbruggen, E., Jeanneret, P., Schloter, M., Banerjee, S., and van der Heijden, M.G.A. (2019) Crop yield, weed cover and ecosystem multifunctionality are not affected by the duration of organic management. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 284:106596. Read this paper 
  4. Banerjee, S., Schlaeppi, K., and van der Heijden, M. (2018) Keystone taxa as drivers of microbiome structure and functioning. Nature Reviews Microbiology 16:567-576. Read this paper
  5. Hartman, K., van der Heijden, M., Wittwer, R.A., Banerjee, S., Walser, J.C., and Schlaeppi, K. (2018). Cropping practices manipulate abundance patterns of root and soil microbiome members paving the way of smart farming. Microbiome 6:14. Read this paper
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