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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 and Evolutionary Biology of Soil Bacteria

Plant-associated microbes are critical to agricultural productivity and ecosystem health. However, the tremendous size and complexity of microbial communities have represented a significant constraint to the study and understanding of these organisms. Recent advances in technology offer the potential for exploring the diversity and functional activities of microbes in natural habitats in greater detail than before, though the enormous size of the datasets represents a computational challenge. This research focuses on management of large microbial sequence datasets, with the specific goals of understanding the factors that generate and maintain variation in microbial communities across natural and agricultural landscapes.

Group Members

Brett Arenz, Graduate Student
Matthew G. Bakker, Graduate Student
Dan C. Schlatter, Graduate Student