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University of Minnesota Twin Cities
College of Biological Sciences
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

PI: Georgiana May

Environmental Genomics: Diversity and Function of Plant-associated Microbes

Endophytic microbes live inside of plants without causing apparent disease symptoms, thus their effects on plant health have been little explored. This project assesses the diversity of fungal endophytes of maize (corn) by culturing and DNA sequence. The researchers are evaluating mechanisms of their interactions with each other and with the host plant by examining changes in gene expression and secondary compound production. They use tools available thought MSI to evaluate variation in DNA sequence data, gene expression, and secondary compounds.

Group Members

Emily Bruns, Graduate Student
Brett Couch, Faculty Collaborator
Alma Rodriguez Estrada, Research Associate
Keunsub Lee, Graduate Student
Paul Nelson, Graduate Student
Greg Williams, Staff