Microbes Play Role in Corn ‘Hybrid Vigor’
Tiny soil organisms have surprising effects on a crop phenomenon that generally favors hybrid over inbred plants.
NC State Announces Inaugural Goodnight Early Career Innovators
Three cluster faculty are among 24 promising NC State early-career faculty whose scholarship is in STEM or STEM education has been recognized through a new awards program.
Lactobacillus Manipulates Bile Acids to Create Favorable Gut Environment
Probiotic bacteria create a better environment for their survival by manipulating bile acids.
Kleiner Receives NIH Grant to Study Intestinal Microbiomes
Manuel Kleiner receives prestigious NIH grant to study intestinal microbe interactions.
Using Leaf Fungi to Improve Crop Resilience
An interdisciplinary team led by Christine Hawkes is identifying beneficial fungi found in five key crops with the aim of using them to help plants fend off diseases and tolerate drought stress.
Mathematical Model Could Help Correct Bias in Measuring Bacterial Communities
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a mathematical model that shows how bias distorts results when measuring bacterial communities through metagenomic sequencing.
Deceptively Simple: Minute Marine Animals and Microbial Dark Matter
A team of scientists, including CALS’s Manuel Kleiner, has discovered that tiny marine animals known as Trichoplax live in a sophisticated symbiosis with two types of bacteria. Their study appeared recently in the journal Nature Microbiology.
Crop Resilience is Focus of New Interdisciplinary Research
Research suggests that microbes in the soil, roots and leaves have important impacts on plant health and productivity. Now, new interdisciplinary research at North Carolina State University and three Danish universities will examine the roles of plant-associated microbes and their interactions with plants. The goal is to help make crops more resilient against environmental stresses…
New Computer Program Aims to Reduce DNA Contamination in Microbial Samples
A new, open-source software package created by researchers at NC State and Stanford could help reduce contamination in microbial samples.
Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities Cluster Faculty Receive Grant Funding
Nathan Crook and Manuel Kleiner recently received funding from the Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC). Crook and Kleiner are members of the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster in NC State’s Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program.