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Dr. Bernard Glick

Finding ways for bacteria to perform new functions

Having bacteria become more environmentally friendly instead of using chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides to assure better crop yields is studied by Dr. Bernard Glick, Biology. He researches mechanisms bacteria use to facilitate the growth of plants. Along with remediating environmental damage, research could lead to technologies to make cut flowers last longer or produce superior plants by stimulating early development of their roots. Dr. Glick also investigates using microorganisms with combinations of plants to remove heavy metals and organic contaminants from the soil. He uses genes from soil bacteria to genetically alter plants to make them more tolerant of fungal diseases and environmental stresses such as high salt and flooding.