Lindsay Boyd

  • M.S. Student
  • Advised by: Dr. Carolee Bull
Lindsay Boyd
301 Buckhout laboratory
State College, Pennsylvania 16801

Areas of Expertise

  • Phytobacteriology
  • Biological Control


  1. B.S., Biology, Penn State Harrisburg

Myxobacteria are soil-borne bacteria that move by gliding in swarms toward a food source, often other microorganisms. Once a food source is consumed, the myxobacteria form myxospores which are resistant spores capable of germinating once a food source is detected again. My research looks at the feasibility of myxobacteria to manage bacterial leaf spot on beets and chard caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas syringae pv. aptata. I will be using both myxobacteria species from culture as well as myxobacteria isolated from agricultural fields.

Outside of research, I am interested in extension and outreach. I aim to educate high school aged children about agricultural practices.