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Phytobiome Network Becomes a Reality

Posted: February 11, 2016

The College of Agricultural Sciences phytobiome network held its first event this week and moves Penn State's microbiome initiative forward.
(L-R) Jairam Vanamala, Cristina Rosa, John Carlson, Surinder Chopra, David Geiser, Jim Marden, Gretchen Kuldau, Mark Guiltinan, Mary Ann Bruns, and Siela Maximova. Photo courtesy of Carolee Bull.

(L-R) Jairam Vanamala, Cristina Rosa, John Carlson, Surinder Chopra, David Geiser, Jim Marden, Gretchen Kuldau, Mark Guiltinan, Mary Ann Bruns, and Siela Maximova. Photo courtesy of Carolee Bull.

The College of Agricultural Sciences invested seed money to develop a phytobiome network as part of the microbiome initiative pursued by the college and university at large. The first phytobiome network event was held Wednesday, February 10, at the home of Mark Guiltinan and Siela Maximova. Faculty savored select phytobiome culinary products, discussed their phytobiome research, and considered critical questions that would benefit from a phytobiome approach. Four-slide, TED-like talks stimulated conversation and collegiality. Outcomes included:

  • Identification of several thematic areas that can be developed for federal funding;
  • Better understanding of talent available at Penn State that can be applied to current projects.

Contact Information

Carolee T. Bull, Ph.D.
  • Department Head
Email:
Phone: 814-865-7448