Jackson Lab for Microbiome and Microbial Ecology
Most biodiversity in the world doesn't exist as plants or animals, but as microorganisms. These microbes are intimately associated with all living things forming their microbiome, the microbial community associated with an animal or plant host. Similarly, all natural environments also harbor their own microbiome; the assemblages of Bacteria, Archaea, and microbial Eukarya found in soils and waters.
Researchers in the Jackson Lab study the microbiomes of plants, animals, soils, and waters, and as well as characterizing spatial and temporal patterns in microbiome stucture also elucidate the importance of these communities in ecosystem level processes such as organic matter decomposition and nutrient cycling.
For the last 11 years the Jackson Lab has been part of the Department of Biology at the University of Mississippi, where we enjoy collaborative interactions with colleagues both within and outside of the department. Our research has been funded by agencies such as NIH, NSF, USDA, and EPA, and we gratefully acknowledge that support.