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.

Request for Proposals Fall 2018

The Plant Soil Microbial Community Consortium (PSMCC) is seeking proposals for innovative research projects that advance scientific understanding of plant-microbe-soil systems through a variety of approaches, including but not limited to:

  • Plant-microbe interactions and dynamics
  • Analytical tools for microbial community analysis
  • Mathematical models
  • Engineering approaches

Eligibility: All NC State faculty are eligible to apply. Please email to request a copy of the RFP.

Award Information: up to $85,000 for one year

Deadline: Monday, October 15, 2018

Submission Instructions: Proposals should be submitted via email to the PSMCC Project Manager, Megan Andrews.

Questions: Please contact Megan Andrews,, 513-8219



Recent News

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.

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!

Congratulations to the two new research proposals funded in FY 2018! Dr. Dunn and Dr. Kleiner are spearheading projects looking at seed banks as a source for microbes, and developing metaproteomics methods for root-associated microbes.



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