Lindsay Coulter

Lindsay Coulter

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Phytobacteriology
  • Biological Control


  • 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 and related strains. I am isolating myxobacteria species isolated from agricultural fields with varying amount of exposure to a possible prey source to identify any host specificity and methods for efficient isolation of potential biological control agents. 

Outside of research, I am interested in extension and outreach. With my M.S. degree, I aim to educate high school aged children about agricultural practices, and directly impact Pennsylvania agriculture by a career in extension.


Boyd, L., Kikkert, J., Bull, C.T. 2020. Strategies for isolation of Myxobacteria and specificity of biological control of Pseudomonas syringae seedborne pathogens of chenopods and cucurbits. Plant Health 2020.


USDA NIFA SCRI Project Number for USDA project 7123