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Fall 2018 Seminar Series: Dr. Jay Lennon

Posted: September 20, 2018

Dr. Jay Lennon, Professor at Indiana University Bloomington was a seminar speaker on September 17.
From front left to right: Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Laura Kaminsky, Dr. Jay Lennon, Miranda DePriest and Caylon Yates. (Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State)

From front left to right: Hanareia Ehau-Taumaunu, Laura Kaminsky, Dr. Jay Lennon, Miranda DePriest and Caylon Yates. (Image: Nancy Wenner, Penn State)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology recently hosted Indiana University professor, Dr. Jay Lennon. As part of the fall 2018 seminar series, Lennon presented his talk titled “Microbial seed banks: the ecological and evolutionary implications of dormancy.” This exciting talk was unique in the series and encouraged students, faculty and staff to consider the implications of the many dormant microorganisms in the soil on soil function and plant health.

In addition to meeting with the Bell Lab, Dr. Lennon discussed research with students and faculty from across the Department and College of Agricultural Sciences. Dr. Lennon is a prolific scientist, whose research interests encompass the ecology and evolution of microorganisms from diverse environments. He has published over 80 articles in the field, including seminal papers on microbial dormancy and the potential of soil microorganisms to facilitate plant adaptation to a changing environment.