The Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC) is an industry member-supported research program within NC State’s Center for Integrated Fungal Research. The PSMCC mission is to model, predict and manage the consequences of environmental impacts on microbes and microbial processes, from the sub-cellular level to large-scale ecosystems. Consortium research projects demonstrate the potential to bridge basic (fundamental) and applied (translational) research to accelerate the pace of discovery and application of new technologies, with a focus on the Plant Soil Microbial Community and its impact on plant health and productivity.

The Consortium actively solicits new members.

Recent News

Congratulations to the three exciting research proposals funded in 2017!

On May 15, 2017, Director Ignazio Carbone and Associate Director Marc Cubeta hosted a workshop for our consortium members to familiarize them with the microbial biodiversity and comparative genomic analysis toolkits developed by Dr. Carbone’s laboratory at NC State, both as a tool and as a springboard towards developing potential collaborative and consortium research projects.

Several PSMCC representatives from NC State, including Professor Francis de los Reyes, Project Manager Megan Andrews, and Postdoc Maggie Wagner, along with many of our consortium industry members, attended the inaugural North Carolina Microbiome Consortium meeting at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center on May 15, 2017. Maggie gave a joint presentation with Kirk Francis, BASF Plant Science, during the industry lightning round segment of the program and they did a great job showcasing the value of the PSMCC industry-university partnership.

PSMCC was well-represented at the March 20 CALS Partners Meeting: Deborah Springer (Novozymes) and Megan Andrews (PSMCC Project Manager), Kirk Francis (BASF Plant Science) and Maggie Wagner (postdoc), and Gary Payne (PSMCC faculty and Director of AMPLIFY) all participated in industry-academic team presentations.

We are delighted to welcome Bayer Crop Science as our newest Industry Member!

Postdoc Maggie Wagner was interviewed for an article on recent microbial advances in agriculture.

Microbiomes take center stage

National Microbiome Initiative

New NC State consortium to study microbes at the root-soil interface


National Microbiome Initiative

Representatives from North Carolina Universities were present in Washington, D.C. for the Announcement of the National Microbiome Initiative by the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

From Left to Right: David Ritchie, Professor Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University; Marc A. Cubeta, Professor Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Associate Director Center for Integrated Fungal Research, North Carolina State University; Kriti Sharma, PhD Student, Department of Biology, Microbial Interactions Laboratory, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Mary Beth Miranda, Senior Manager, Technology Sourcing and External R&D, Novozymes North America Inc; Steven A. Lommel, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Director of Agricultural Research Service, North Carolina State University; Don Hobart, Professor, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill