Nathan Crook‘s proposal titled “High-throughput screening for genes to improve performance of crop plant microbiomes using functional metagenomics” was selected for funding by the Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC) for FY19. Congratulations!

Nasie Constantino, a postdoc in Ralph Dean’s laboratory, is part of a project developing sensors to detect volatile organic compounds from plants. This project won the 2018 BASF Science Competition, which recognizes young North American researchers making headway with problem-solving ideas. Congratulations!!!!

Congratulations to Marc Cubeta for being selected as one of the 2018 CALS Outstanding Alumni!

Congratulations to Lindsey Becker for being selected as one of the 17 inaugural recipients of the FFAR Fellows award! Lindsey is a Professional Development FFAR Fellow in the Plant Pathology Department at NC State. Her research examines the beneficial relationship between Mortierella elongate, a fungus that breaks down organic matter in soil, and tomato plants. Becker’s industry sponsor is Novozymes.

Peter Ojiambo recently returned from a trip to Bosnia as part of a collaboration between NC State and the dairy industry in Bosnia.

Marc Cubeta and colleagues were part of a collaborative workshop entitled “Drawers, Jars and Databases: Teaching the Hidden Science of Natural History Museums” on July 9-11, 2018.

Several undergraduate researchers from NC State and other universities took part in summer research programs in CIFR laboratories this year. Posters of their research were presented at the Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on July 30, 2018. We hope you all enjoyed your research experience and wish you the best in the remainder of your university experience!

Several CIFR faculty are mentioned in a recent CALS news article discussing interdisciplinary, collaborative research to “Harness plant-microbe interactions for crop resilience.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Nathan Crook to CIFR! Nathan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. We will also be welcoming Dr. Christine Hawkes and Dr. Kevin Garcia to CIFR when they join the NC State faculty later this summer.

Congratulations to Francis de los Reyes III for receiving an Outstanding Teacher Award!

The new model of graduate education and training proposed in the Duckworth, Andrews, Cubeta, Grunden, and Ojiambo Agriculture & Environmental Letters paper has gotten some additional attention in the February 2018 csa news.

Dr. Oliver Baars is a new Assistant Professor in the Center for Integrated Fungal Research (CIFR), Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, NC State. He is filling the Biochemical Interactome position within CIFR. Welcome Oliver!

Marc Cubeta and colleagues hosted a Fungal Biology and Biodiversity STEM Educational Module Development workshop for biology/environmental science teachers on July 14-18, 2017 at the University of Georgia-Athens (UGA). The workshop was sponsored by the Mycological Society of America (MSA) and National Science Foundation.

Congratulations to Ralph Dean for his new role as Editor in Chief of Molecular Plant Pathology!

Congratulations to Peter Ojiambo for his successful election as APS Councilor-at-Large!

Gary Payne, we wish you all the best in your retirement! Congratulations!

CIFR faculty member Amy Grunden was one of several NC State researchers visiting VIB in Belgium as part of the plant science partnership established between VIB and NC State University last year.

The Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and Center For Integrated Fungal Research at North Carolina State University recently hosted the 38th annual Mid-Atlantic States Mycology Conference on April 21-23, 2017 in Raleigh, NC. The event included an informal gathering, research presentations, and a fungal foray!

We welcome our newest CIFR faculty members: Francis de los Reyes, Professor of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, Associate Faculty of Microbiology, and Training Faculty of Biotechnology, and University Faculty Scholar  and Wei Shi, Professor in the Crop and Soil Science Department.

Owen Duckworth‘s recent paper on manganese oxides in a treatment plant has been highlighted at NC State and the Department of Energy (Jan. 27, 2017).

In January, 2017, Ralph Dean returns from his sabbatical at INRA Versailles-Grignon, based in the heart of the Île-de-France (Paris region). Welcome back!

Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences (SCIBLS) Fungal Foray

Congratulations to Dr. Marc Cubeta  for receiving the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award for 2016 and being elected into the NC State University Academy of Outstanding Teachers.

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

Congratulations to Dr. Ignazio Carbone and Dr. Eric Stone for their selection as 2014-15 University Faculty Scholars!

The annual University Faculty Scholars Program was established in 2012 by Chancellor Woodson to recognize and reward emerging academic leaders among our faculty. Dr. Carbone and Dr. Stone are among eighteen NCSU faculty members that were honored as University Scholars in this third group of recipients. The recognition comes with a significant award supplement and will be formally presented in a university ceremony in early 2015. 2014/15 University Faculty Scholar

Congratulations to Dr. Owen Duckworth for receiving an NSF award on “Elucidating the Effects of Structure on the Redox Reactivity of MycogenicMn Oxide Nanoparticles”!