Microbes Play Role in Corn ‘Hybrid Vigor’
Tiny soil organisms have surprising effects on a crop phenomenon that generally favors hybrid over inbred plants.
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.
Making Advancements in Microbiome Analysis
Researchers have been slow to embrace new tools which now make it possible to analyze microbiomes using exact DNA sequences without being overwhelmed by errors. Benjamin Callahan, associate professor Department of Population Health and Pathobiology and member of the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster, explains how this resistance is holding science back in an article for The ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology.