The Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC) is an industry member-supported research program within NC State’s Center for Integrated Fungal Research. The PSMCC mission is to model, predict and manage the consequences of environmental impacts on microbes and microbial processes, from the sub-cellular level to large-scale ecosystems. Consortium research projects demonstrate the potential to bridge basic (fundamental) and applied (translational) research to accelerate the pace of discovery and application of new technologies, with a focus on the Plant Soil Microbial Community and its impact on plant health and productivity.
The Consortium actively solicits new members.
Nathan Crook‘s proposal titled “High-throughput screening for genes to improve performance of crop plant microbiomes using functional metagenomics” was selected for funding by the Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC) for FY19. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Lindsey Becker for being selected as one of the 17 inaugural recipients of the FFAR Fellows award! Lindsey is a Professional Development FFAR Fellow in the Plant Pathology Department at NC State. Her research examines the beneficial relationship between Mortierella elongate, a fungus that breaks down organic matter in soil, and tomato plants. Becker’s industry sponsor is Novozymes.
Dr. Oliver Baars is a new Assistant Professor in the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR), Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NC State. He is filling the Biochemical Interactome position within CIFR. Welcome Oliver!
Representatives from North Carolina Universities were present in Washington, D.C. for the Announcement of the National Microbiome Initiative by the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
From Left to Right: David Ritchie, Professor Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University; Marc A. Cubeta, Professor Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Associate Director Center for Integrated Fungal Research, North Carolina State University; Kriti Sharma, PhD Student, Department of Biology, Microbial Interactions Laboratory, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Mary Beth Miranda, Senior Manager, Technology Sourcing and External R&D, Novozymes North America Inc; Steven A. Lommel, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Director of Agricultural Research Service, North Carolina State University; Don Hobart, Professor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill