Matthew Bakker joined ARS in Peoria as a microbiologist in 2016. After receiving a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota, he conducted postgraduate research in rhizosphere biology at Colorado State University, and plant pathology research for ARS at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in Ames, IA. Currently, Dr. Bakker’s research characterizes the microbiome of wheat plants, aiming to uncover new approaches for controlling Fusarium head blight and limiting contamination of grain with mycotoxins, which will improve food safety and agricultural productivity. Additionally, Dr. Bakker’s research involves characterizing novel interactions between Fusarium and other microorganisms, as well as prospecting for organisms capable of chemically modifying trichothecene mycotoxins.
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