Dr. Jeff Blanchard
Associate Professor of Microbiology
blanchard at microbio.umass.edu
The Blanchard Laboratory specializes in evolutionary biology of microorganisms, systems biology, and bioinformatics. The microorganism in questions is Clostridium phytofermentans, which was discovered by Dr. Sue Leschine’s laboratory near the Quabbin Reservoir in Massachusetts. C. phytofermentans is a generalist among microbes and is capable of fermenting all major carbohydrate components of biomass. Brachy serves as an excellent controlled feedstock for C. phytofermentans experiments. Specific cell wall mutants of brachy will serve as valuable reagents to study plant-microbe specific interactions.