Doty Lab News

  • June 8-17, 2019: Robert Tournay, Andrew Sher, and Sharon Doty toured sites in Costa Rica to set up a new research and educational program as part of our Global Innovations Fund grant
  • June 18, 2019: Our manuscript on the impact of endophytes on conifers under drought and nutrient stress was published in Frontiers in Microbiology. For a complete listing of our publications, please see the Publications tab on our website.
  • May 2019: IntrinsyxBio that licensed many of our endophyte strains for use in agriculture and phytoremediation received a Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator award that partners with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
  • March 18, 2019: A video made by ATTN about our N-fixing endophyte strains licensed to IntrinsyxBio went live today. Check it out!
  • Oct. 3, 2018: Our discoveries and push for acceptance of endophytic N-fixation as a substitute for chemical fertilizers was featured in this article on Grist.org
  • Aug. 10, 2018: Our lab research was described in this Smithsonian magazine article on N-fixation in maize
  • Aug. 2, 2018: A news article, "UW professor uncovers microbes that could repace fertilizers," was published in our university newspaper
  • June 29, 2018: News article in NPR was released about our research: "Microbial Magic Could Help Slash Your Dinner's Carbon Footprint"
  • May 21, 2018: Two of our microbial endophyte strains originally isolated from within wild willow plants at the Snoqualmie River are planned to be launched into space today for an experiment on the International Space Station.  This collaborative experiment with Valley Christian High School in San Jose, California, Dr. John Freeman and David Bubenheim at NASA-Ames, and Prof. Doty's lab at UW, will look at how these plant growth promoting bacteria perform in microgravity. Here is the press release.
  • May 18, 2018: Our undergraduate researchers, Shruti Parikh, Matt Joseph, and Sam Scharffenberger, presented posters at the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • April 15, 2018: Our undergraduate researcher, Shruti Parikh, won an "Outstanding Student Poster" award at the 2018 Stanford Research Conference for her poster on "Using endophytes to increase plant salt tolerance"
  • March 16, 2018: Our undergraduate researcher, Sam Scharffenberger, was awarded a Mary Gates Research Scholarship for his project, "Interactions of Colonizing Endophytes in Populus trichocarpa"
  • February 2018: An article about our phytoremediation research is in the winter newsletter of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels NW.

  • January 2018: Sharon Doty gave two presentations at the International Plant and Animal Genomics conference held in San Diego, California; one on our phytoremediation research and one in the Phytobiomes session.

  • Illumina filmed our research as part of their series on "Adventures in Genomics". The video they produced, Power of Plant Partnerships, is a great 8 minute overview of our research.

  • Autumn 2017: Our lab continued to receive lots of press about our phytoremediation research, such as this article in the November issue of Scientific American

  • News Release on TCE Cleanup

    NIEHS Story on Our Field Trial

    Mountain View News

    CBS News

  • October 18, 2017: Doty gave a webinar entitled, "Partnering Trees & Microbes for Tackling Environmental Pollutants" on phytoremediation as part of the outreach program of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels NW program.

  • October 11-13, 2017: We enjoyed hosting the film crew from Illumina at our lab and at one of our riparian research areas. They filmed a mini-documentary on our research entitled "The Power of Plant Partnerships" that will become part of their series, "Adventures in Genomics" in a couple of months.

  • October 2, 2017: Research Scientist, Pierre Joubert, gave a seminar entitled, "The plant microbiome: Implications of the ecosystem within" at Washington State University as part of their Plant Pathology Seminar Series.

  • October 2, 2017: The book edited by Doty (as well as 2 of the chapters) on the "Functional Importance of the Plant Microbiome" was published by Springer.

  • September 26, 2017: Doty gave a talk on "Enhanced degradation of TCE on a SuperFund site using endophyte-assisted poplar tree phytoremediation" at the International Phytotechnologies Conference held in Montreal, Canada

  • September 5, 2017: Doty gave a plenary presentation on "N-Fixation in Populus Trees" at the International Congress on Nitrogen Fixation held in Granada, Spain
  • August 12, 2017: Results of our successful field trial at NASA-Ames Research Park of our TCE-degrading endophyte strain was published in Environmental Science and Technology. A link to the press release is here. See the Publications tab for the pdf of the manuscript. Several other news agencies published about our work:

    http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/web/2017/09/Trees-probiotic-boost-clean-up-a-carcinogen.html

  • http://www.poplar.ca/article/poplarmicrobe-partnerships-remove-soil-pollutant-1196.asp

    http://www.opb.org/news/article/trees-toxic-waste-probiotics-research/


  • May 23, 2017: At the SEFS Year-End Celebration, our graduate student, Robert Tournay, was given the Director's Award for Outstanding TA.

  • May 19, 2017: Our undergraduate researchers, Carolyn Hartman, Matt Joseph, Pierre Joubert, Shruti Parikh,and Sam Scharffenberger, gave poster presentations at the 20th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at UW. Prof. Doty was awarded the UW 2017 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

  • March 20-23, 2017: Prof. Doty and Pierre Joubert presented at the Dept. of Energy Joint Genome Institute meeting on "Genomics of Energy and Environment"

  • January 17, 2017: Prof. Doty presented at the Plant & Animal Genome XXV conference in San Diego in the Phytoremediation Genome session on "Endophyte-assisted phytoremediation: Genomic analysis to successful field trial"

  • January 10, 2017: Prof. Doty became an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington

  • December 9, 2016: Our undergraduate researchers, Pierre Joubert and Shruti Parikh, were awarded Mary Gates Research Scholarships. Pierre's project, " Probiotics for Plants: Investigating N-Fixation in Endophytes" and Shruti's project, "Endophyte-Assisted Phytoremediation of Arsenic," will be presented at the next UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

  • November 3, 2016: Press release from the US Dept. of Energy on the JGI CSP projects for 2017. Our approved project, "Functional genomics of poplar endophytes for elucidation of mechanisms of improved plant growth under challenging conditions" was listed: DOE JGI news release

  • September 12-16, 2016: At the 25th Session of the International Poplar Commission in Berlin, Doty gave a plenary talk on "Importance of the plant microbiome for growth, health, and stress tolerance." Also at the meeting, she was re-elected for another 4-year term as Chairperson of the working group on Environmental and Ecosystem Services.

  • August 23-24, 2016: At the 15th Symposium on Biological Nitrogen Fixation with Non-Legumes held in Budapest, Hungary, Doty presented on "N-fixation in Populus: Characterization of the key diazotrophs"

  • August 27, 2016: Our paper on drought tolerance in poplar conferred by endophytes is now published. See the Publications tab for a link to the article. The link to the press release is: http://www.washington.edu/news/2016/09/19/microbes-help-plants-survive-in-severe-drought/

  • July 17-21, 2016: At the XVII International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, several lab members presented posters: Sharon Doty presented on "Biological N-fixation in poplar trees" and "Drought tolerance and growth enhancement of hybrid poplar by inoculation with an endophyte consortium." Lisa Hannon presented on "Diazotrophic endophytes: Symbionts for environmentally sustainable agriculture." Pierre Joubert presented on "Elucidation of genes required for endophytic N-fixation and their role in plant growth promotion." Robert Tournay presented on "Endophyte-assisted phytoremediation of arsenic contaminated soils."

  • May 20, 2016: Press release about our publication on N-fixation in wild poplar: http://www.washington.edu/news/2016/05/20/bacteria-in-branches-naturally-fertilize-trees/

  • May 20, 2016: At the UW Undergraduate Research Symposium, Pierre Joubert gave an oral presentation entitled, "Investigating nitrogen fixation in growth-promoting bacteria: Transposon mutagenesis of endophytes." Shruti Parikh gave a poster presentation entitled "Endophyte-assisted phytoremediation of arsenic"

  • May 6-8, 2016: At the Symbiosis conference in Yosemite National Park, Prof. Doty gave a presentation entitled "Plant-microbe symbiosis for improved removal of a broad range of carcinogenic pollutants"

  • March 22-24, 2016: Prof. Doty gave a poster presentation at the DOE JGI about her new JGI-EMSL project, "N-Fixation in Populus: Identification & Localization of key diazotrophs in planta"

  • Jan 10-13, 2016: Prof. Doty gave a talk at the Plant and Animal Genome conference in San Diego, California: "Endophyte-assisted phytoremediation of TCE, PAHs, TNT, and arsenic" for the session on The Phytoremediation Genome

  • Dec 14: Graduate student, Lisa Hannon, participated in the Climate Change and Washington State Policy Conversation with Governor Inslee

  • Nov 12, 2015: Prof. Doty presented at the Frontiers of Biology conference in Brasilia, Brazil Nov 9-13, 2015

  • Oct 13: Prof. Doty gave a talk at the Science Cafe in Olympia, Washington on "Endophytic N-fixation: Implications of the ecosystem within."

  • Oct 4-9: Prof. Doty participated in the International Congress on N-Fixation, presenting on "Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Poplar Trees"

  • Sept 7-9: Prof. Doty participated in the Agricultural Bioscience International Congress in Melbourne, Australia that had the theme, "New thinking, new discoveries, and new applications." Doty gave an invited talk in the Plant Microbiomes section.

  • July 18: Sharon Doty was elected vice president for education for the International Symbiosis Society

  • July 8: The Agronomy Society of America posted an article on our research: http://www.agronomy.org/science-news/probiotics-plants

  • June 2: The Poplar and Willow Council of Canada posted about our N-fixation research: http://www.poplar.ca/article/poplars-fix-nitrogen-in-leaves-174.asp

  • May 22: - Check out the latest article in ScienceMag about the Doty Lab's efforts to establish acceptance of the importance of nitrogen-fixing endophytes

  • May 15: At the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium, our undergraduate researchers Jack Emery, Beverly Hung, and Shaylin Salas gave oral presentations. Dominic Sivitilli, Mitch Scott, and Genn Nana gave poster presentations.

  • May 2-3, 2015: Doty presented at the Yosemite Symbiosis Workshop at the Sierra Nevada Research Institute

  • April 27, 2015: Ellen Weir successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation entitled, "Assessing the Social Acceptability of Endophyte-Assisted Phytoremediation of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: A Case Study at Gas Works Park"

  • April 2015: The Doty Lab participated in the UW Paws-on-Science event at the Pacific Science Center to inform the public about the importance of plant microbiology in agriculture and bioenergy production

  • March 2015: Graduate student, Lisa Hannon, and undergraduate researcher, C. Alice Pom, gave a workshop on plant microbiology as part of the Expanding Your Horizons conference for high school girls

  • March 2015: Graduate student, Mahsa Khorasani, gave a poster presentation of her poplar genomics research at the Dept. of Energy Joint Genome Institute workshop.

  • March 2015: Doty gave a seminar at the University of Missouri as part of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group seminar series

  • Jan 2015: Doty presented on "Increasing biomass production with reduced inputs in non-legume crops using N-fixing endophytes of poplar" at the Plant & Animal Genome XXIII conference.

  • Dec 2014: The Doty lab was featured in spotlight of the Winter 2014 UW Green Labs Newsletter

  • November 2014: We published a paper on endophyte-assisted phytoremediation of phenanthrene in Environmental Science and Technology. It was covered in several news outlets:
    Probiotics for plants boost detox abilities untreated plants overdose and die
    Magical microbes using natural endophytes to remove environmental pollutants
    Uw trick with plants could be answer to cleaning toxics from soil

  • Nov 20: Doty gave a seminar at Idaho State University that was sponsored by the Biological Graduate Student Association

  • Doty and several lab members participated in the NW Branch American Society for Microbiology meeting held in Seattle October 10-11, 2014.  Doty presented a talk entitled, "The Plant Microbiome: An Ecosystem Within".  Graduate students, Shyam Kandel, Robert Tournay, and Mahsa Khorasani presented posters of their research projects. http://www.spu.edu//depts/spur/Conferences/NWASMmain

  • Sept 9-12: We participated in the annual Advanced Hardwood Biofuels NW (http://hardwoodbiofuels.org) research team meeting, this year held at the University of California, Davis. Doty presented on "Endophytes for Nutrition and Drought Tolerance" and graduate student, Amy Baum, provided a poster entitled, "Internal colonization of hybrid poplar root phloem sieve elements by two diazotrophic endophytes"

  • Aug 10-15: Doty gave a keynote presentation entitled "Improving biomass production and phytoremediation using natural endosymbionts" at the International Association for Plant Biotechnology Congress 2014 held in Melbourne, Australia.

  • July 21-24: At the International Poplar Symposium in Vancover, B.C., Doty presented a talk entitled, "Increasing growth and drought tolerance using symbiotic microorganisms.

  • July 20: Doty participated in the International Poplar Commission Executive Committee meeting in Vancouver, B.C. where decisions were made on IPC reform to broaden the scope and impact.

  • July 12-16: Doty presented a talk entitled, "Biological Nitrogen Fixation in Non-Legumes" at the American Society of Plant Biologists annual meeting held in Portland, Oregon.

  • July 6-10: At the International Congress on Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions held in Rhodes, Greece, Doty presented on "Nitrogen Fixation in Populus: A Model System for Endophyte-Driven N2-Fixation in Non-Nodulating Trees"

  • June 4-6: At the Pan-American Congress on Plants and Bioenergy held in Ontario, Canada, Doty gave a talk entitled, "Increasing Biomass with Reduced Inputs using Symbiosis"

  • May 9, 2014: Sharon Doty gave a seminar, "Rapid Adaptation of Land Plants to Hostile Environments Through Alterations of the Microbiome", at the Advanced Studies Laboratory, NASA-Ames. Here is a link to her abstract

  • April 4-6, 2014: We will be participating in the annual UW “Paws-on-Science” event at the Pacific Science Center. Our booth is “Partner Up! Microbes & Plants. Discover the bacteria and fungi that help plants grow better, and see how microbes and plants team up to fight pollution. http://www.pacificsciencecenter.org/Research-Weekends/paws-on-science

  • March 28, 2014: Prof. Doty and graduate student, Mahsa Khorasani, gave 3 workshops to three dozen teenagers at the AAUW-sponsored Expand Your Horizons conference held at Bellevue College. This annual outreach event encourages high school girls to consider careers in science and engineering. http://lakewashington-wa.aauw.net/education-equity/eyh/

  • March 26, 2014: Prof. Doty and Dr. Posy Busby presented their endophyte research as part of the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest webinar series. The webinar will be posted on the AHB website: http://hardwoodbiofuels.org/webinars/

  • March 25, 2014: Prof. Doty gave 3 workshops at the AAUW-sponsored Expand Your Horizons conference held at Edmonds Community College. “The conference features workshops exploring careers in the STEM areas and high school girls from the Edmonds School District, and surrounding districts, are invited to participate.” http://esk-wa.aauw.net/projects/partnerships/

  • March 10-12, 2014: Prof. Doty presented a talk entitled, “Endophytes for Increased Rooting and Better Growth” in New Zealand at the IPC working group on Environmental Applications of Poplar and Willow meeting. The conference was centered on “Erosion Control: The role of poplar and willow in holding slopes” http://www.fao.org/forestry/26214/en/ We will have a report posted on the IPC website under “Activities” shortly http://www.fao.org/forestry/82279/en/