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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences
Department of Plant Pathology

PI: Linda L. Kinkel

Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Diversity of Plant-associated Microbial Communities

Rizosphere microbial communities can have significant impacts on plant fitness, yet we have little understanding of the variation in microbial composition, diversity, and functional capacities among plant hosts in different habitats. These researchers make use of recent advances in molecular sequencing technologies that have substantially enhanced the abilities to characterize microbial communities across the natural and agricultural landscapes, and that promise to increase the understanding of plant-microbe interactions in the rhizosphere.

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Matthew G. Bakker, Graduate Student