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January - December 2011

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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 Plant-Associated Microbes

This work focuses on exploration of the composition, diversity, and function of plant-associated microorganisms. This group uses next-generation sequencing as means for studying rhizosphere, foliar, and endophytic microbes associated with native prairie and crop plant species. They hope to identify factors that are most significant to determining microbial community composition and function, and the implications of microbial community variation for plant fitness. They are also comparing strategies for active management of plant-associated microbial communities to enhance plant productivity in agricultural systems. MSI resources and the MSI support staff have been invaluable resources in processing large datasets of microbial DNA sequences. In addition, MSI staff have been critical partners in the group’s evaluation of the use of diverse methods for processing their datasets.

Group Members

Brett Arenz, Research Associate
Adil Assarioui, Graduate Student
Matthew G. Bakker, Graduate Student
Laura Felice, Graduate Student
Lindsey K. Hanson, Research Associate
Dan C. Schlatter, Graduate Student