Research

The Root Microbiome

The Schachtman Lab at the University of Nebraska Lincoln started in February 2014.  The focus of our research is on soil microbe interactions with plant roots.  Our long term goal is to optimize root microbes for agriculture.
Being in Nebraska where agriculture is one the state’s major industry we focus on crop plants such as soybeans, corn and sorghum.  Our aims are to understand how crops shape their root microbiome and to identify microbes that will be useful in agriculture.  We use both culture-dependent and culture-independent methods.  Currently the culture-independent methods use 16s, nif amplicons and next generation sequencing to determine changes in microbial populations and to generate hypotheses.  To test hypotheses regarding specific microbes we intend to use our developing culture collect of bacteria and fungi.