Department of Plant & Microbial Biology - PMB Berkeley
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Elizabeth Roberts

Postdoctoral Scholar
PhD  Plant Biology  Rutgers University, 2004
BA  Biology  Dartmouth College, 1998

Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California
111 Koshland Hall
Berkeley, California, United States 94720
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I’m interested in examining the relationships between fungi and bacteria that co-inhabit plant leaves. In addition, I want to provide a better understanding of nutrient acquisition strategies used by non-pathogenic microbial colonizers. Specifically, I am interested in examining whether there is a symbiotic relationship between bacterial and fungal endophytes and/or epiphytes. In particular, I hope to determine whether or not the presence of bacterial colonizers has an impact on nutrient availability or acquisition by the fungi.



1. Lewis Roberts, E. and White, J.F., Jr. 2006. Black choke disease caused by Ephelis sp. on Purple Fountain Grass in Maryland. Plant Disease 90:112.

2. White, J.F. Jr., Belanger, F., Sullivan, R., Lewis, E., Moy, M., Meyer, W., and Bacon, C. 2004. Developmental Interactions Between Clavicipitaleans and Their Host Plants. Plant Surface Microbiology. Ed. Ajit Varma. Springer Verlag pp. 157-178.

3. Koroch, A., Juliani, H., Bischoff, J., Lewis, E.A., Bills, G., Simon, J., and White, J.F. Jr. 2004. Examination of biotrophy in the scale insect parasitizing fungus Dussiella tuberiformis. Symbiosis, 37: 267-280.

4. Lewis, E.A, Sullivan, R.F., and White, J.F. Jr. 2003. Distinguishing Features of the tribe Balansieae. Clavicipitalean Fungi: Evolutionary Biology, Chemistry, Biocontrol, and Cultural Impacts. Eds. James F. White Jr., Charles W. Bacon, Joseph W. Spatafora, and Nigel Hywel-Jones. Marcel-Dekker. pp. 151- 167.

5. Stolen, J. 2002. Microbiology Laboratory Manual for the Health Sciences. Eds. Elizabeth Ann Lewis. and Priscilla Hockin Brown. SOS Publications. Fair Haven, NJ.

6. White, J.F., Jr., Belanger, F., Meyer, W., Sullivan, R.F., Bischoff, J.F., and Lewis, E.A. 2002. Clavicipitalean Fungal epibionts and endophytes- development of symbiotic interactions with plants. Symbiosis, 33: 201-213.

7. Lewis, E. A., Bills, G.F., Heredia, G., Reyes, M., Arias, R.M., and White, J.F. Jr. 2002. A new species of endophytic Balansia from Veracruz, Mexico. Mycologia, 94(6): 1066-1070.

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