Steven E Lindow
Professor Steven Lindow studies the interactions that occur between bacteria and fungi and the plants on which they live. Most studies emphasize the study of various bacteria, including plant pathogenic and ice nucleation active species, that live on the surfaces of plants as epiphytes, and use molecular approaches to study the traits that they utilize to colonize this stressful habitat. Work also addresses cell density-dependent expression of genes by quorum sensing in these bacteria as well as those that colonize the vascular system of plants. Molecular ecological approaches are being used to study the effects of endophytic alkaloid-producing fungi on the bacterial communities on plants.