Dazzo, Frank B.
B.S. 1970, Florida State University
M.S., 1972, University of Florida
Ph.D., 1975, University of Florida
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, 1976-1977, University of Wisconsin
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
6174 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: (517) 884-5394
I conduct basic and applied research on beneficial plant-bacteria associations of agricultural importance, especially those involving the nitrogen-fixing bacterium, Rhizobium. A main focus has been on elucidating the events leading to successful infection of clover roots by the Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii microsymbiont, and the subsequent development of nitrogen-fixing root nodules. We also investigate a newly described natural association between Rhizobium and cereals (e.g., rice and wheat), and are exploring ways to increase cereal production under real-world agronomic conditions by exploiting the benefits of this plant-microbe association. A second research focus is the development of CMEIAS, a new generation of interactive computer software that combines the resolving power of microscopy with digital image analysis to strengthen microscopy-based approaches for understanding microbial ecology in situ at single cell resolution. Various natural and managed communities and a wide range of digital microscopies are being used for that work.