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Linda S Thomashow

Research Geneticist (Plants)



University of California, Los Angeles. Ph.D. in Microbiology, 1979.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst. B.S. in Microbiology, 1968.                        


1985-present. USDA-ARS Root Disease and Biological Control Research Unit, Pullman, WA. Research Geneticist.

1984-1985. Department of Bacteriology and Public Health, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.Assistant Professor.

1981-1984 Department of Bacteriology and Public Health, Washington State University, Pullman, WA.Research Associate.

1979-1981. Department of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Postdoctoral fellow.

 Professional Societies:

American Phytopathological Society

American Society for Microbiology

American Association for the Advancement of Science

International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions

International Society for Microbial Ecology


Expertise and Scientific Interests:

  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria; biological control
  • Rhizosphere microbiology and ecology
  • Microbial genomics

Current Research:

Distribution, diversity and population dynamics of phenazine antibiotic-producing Pseudomonas central and eastern Washington agricultural soils

Temporal dynamics of phenazine antibiotic production by wheat root-associated bacteria

Role of phenazine compounds in the uptake of metal nutrients by wheat

Impact of water availability on rhizosphere microbial community structure and function

Molecular mechanisms of bacterial survival under arid conditions

Genomics of Pseudomonas spp. associated with biological control

Updated November 2011