Terrence Bell

Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes

Terrence Bell

Research Summary

Soil and root-associated microbiomes, microbiome assembly, microbiome manipulation, disturbance.

Huck Graduate Students

Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

Soil Rhizosphere Soils Microbiota Hydrocarbons Fungi Bacteria Petroleum Degradation Phylogeny Growth Salix Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Biodegradation Microorganisms Microbiome Polluted Soils Planting Bioremediation Environmental Biodegradation Hydrocarbon Fruit Contaminated Soil Willows Genomics

Most Recent Publications

Soil salinization accelerates microbiome stabilization in iterative selections for plant performance

William King, Laura Kaminsky, Maria Gannett, Grant Thompson, Jenny Kao-Kniffin, Terrence Bell, New Phytologist

Nitrogen services provided by interseeded cover crops in organic corn systems

Sarah Abigail Isbell, María Alonso-Ayuso, Terrence H. Bell, Brosi Bradley, Taran Rowles, Jason P. Kaye, 2022, Journal of Production Agriculture on p. 2458-2472

Jeremy Sutherland, Terrence Bell, Ryan V. Trexler, John E. Carlson, Jesse R. Lasky, 2022, Molecular Ecology on p. 3934-3950

William L. King, Laura M. Kaminsky, Maria Gannett, Grant L. Thompson, Jenny Kao-Kniffin, Terrence H. Bell, 2022, New Phytologist on p. 2101-2110

Rondy J. Malik, Mary Ann V. Bruns, Terrence H. Bell, David M. Eissenstat, 2022, Forests

Phillip L. Martin, William L. King, Terrence H. Bell, Kari Anne Peter, 2022, Phytobiomes Journal on p. 26-34

Can dispersal be leveraged to improve microbial inoculant success?

William L. King, Terrence H. Bell, 2022, Trends in Biotechnology on p. 12-21

Ananda Y. Bandara, Dilooshi K. Weerasooriya, Ryan V. Trexler, Terrence H. Bell, Paul D. Esker, 2021, Frontiers in Microbiology

Ananda Bandara, Dilooshi Weerasooriya, Ryan Trexler, R Trexler, Paul Esker, 2021, Frontiers in Microbiology on p. 675352

Management of soil microbes on organic farms

Sarah Isbell, Suzanne Fleishman, Mara Cloutier, Laura Kaminsky, Kristy Borrelli, Terrence Bell, 2021, eOrganic on p. http://eorganic.org/node/34646

Most-Cited Papers

Terrence H. Bell, Etienne Yergeau, Christine Maynard, David Juck, Lyle G. Whyte, Charles W. Greer, 2013, ISME Journal on p. 1200-1210

Terrence H. Bell, Saad El-Din Hassan, Aurélien Lauron-Moreau, Fahad Al-Otaibi, Mohamed Hijri, Etienne Yergeau, Marc St-Arnaud, 2014, ISME Journal on p. 331-343

Franck O.P. Stefani, Terrence H. Bell, Charlotte Marchand, Ivan E. De La Providencia, Abdel El Yassimi, Marc St-Arnaud, Mohamed Hijri, 2015, PLoS One

Increasing phytoremediation efficiency and reliability using novel omics approaches

Terrence H. Bell, Simon Joly, Frédéric E. Pitre, Etienne Yergeau, 2014, Trends in Biotechnology on p. 271-280

The Inherent Conflicts in Developing Soil Microbial Inoculants

Laura M. Kaminsky, Ryan V. Trexler, Rondy J. Malik, Kevin L. Hockett, Terrence H. Bell, 2019, Trends in Biotechnology on p. 140-151

Petroleum biodegradation capacity of bacteria and fungi isolated from petroleum-contaminated soil

Charlotte Marchand, Marc St-Arnaud, William Hogland, Terrence H. Bell, Mohamed Hijri, 2017, International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation on p. 48-57

Etienne Yergeau, Terrence H. Bell, Julie Champagne, Christine Maynard, Stacie Tardif, Julien Tremblay, Charles W. Greer, 2015, Frontiers in Microbiology on p. 1436

Early rhizosphere microbiome composition is related to the growth and Zn uptake of willows introduced to a former landfill

Terrence H. Bell, Benoît Cloutier-Hurteau, Fahad Al-Otaibi, Marie Claude Turmel, Etienne Yergeau, François Courchesne, Marc St-Arnaud, 2015, Environmental Microbiology on p. 3025-3038

Chih Ying Lay, Terrence H. Bell, Chantal Hamel, K. Neil Harker, Ramona Mohr, Charles W. Greer, Étienne Yergeau, Marc St-Arnaud, 2018, Frontiers in Microbiology

Mia M. Howard, Terrence H. Bell, Jenny Kao-Kniffin, 2017, FEMS Microbiology Letters

News Articles Featuring Terrence Bell

Alliance between College of Ag Sciences, University of Pretoria yields benefits

​Developing solutions to address threats to plant health is the centerpiece of a partnership between Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Pretoria in South Africa. The partnership is designed to increase both organizations’ research, teaching and extension impact and growth opportunities, thereby increasing food security and environmental stewardship.

Rebuilding soil microbiomes in high-tunnel agricultural systems focus of study

The presence of high salt and nitrogen concentrations in high- tunnel soils may make it more challenging to rebuild a healthy soil microbiome following a soil-clearing event, according to microbial ecologists in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

Huck graduate students among NSF award recipients

Five graduate students in Huck programs or involved with Huck centers, advised by faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, were recipients or honorable mentions of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Microbiome Center graduate students awarded NIFA fellowships

Sarah Isbell and Mara Cloutier, both Penn State graduate students and Microbiome Center researchers, will be supported in their studies by fellowships paid for by the United States Department of Agriculture.