Work with Bacillus species that can be applied as foliar prays to control or prevent Tanspot and Fusarium Head Blight of wheat has received the most attention. These bacteria have shown good results in controlling disease after being applied in different treatment combinations in field plot studies.
Collaborate with Plant Pathologists
Additional collaborative work with SDSU plant pathologists is exploring methods to control bacterial leaf diseases of wheat.
Explore Microorganisms in western South Dakota
On another track, several pure cultures of microorganisms isolated from sites in western South Dakota environments are being explored for their potential as endophytes to protect plants from pathogens.
Examine Subsurface Environments
Other microbial strains isolated from deep subsurface environments are being examined for use in bioprocessing of lignocellulosic materials and/or biogeochemical transformations.