Terrence Bell

Assistant Professor of Phytobiomes

Terrence Bell

Research Summary

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

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

Most Recent Publications

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

William L. King, Sarah C. Richards, Laura M. Kaminsky, Brosi A. Bradley, Jason P. Kaye, Terrence Bell, 2023, Environmental Microbiomes

Braulio A. Assis, Terrence H. Bell, Heather I. Engler, William L. King, 2023, Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology on p. 5-12

Novel primers for quantification of Priestia megaterium populations in soil using qPCR

Laura M. Kaminsky, Terrence H. Bell, 2022, Applied Soil Ecology

Uri Neri, Yuri I. Wolf, Simon Roux, Antonio Pedro Camargo, Benjamin Lee, Darius Kazlauskas, I. Min Chen, Natalia Ivanova, Lisa Zeigler Allen, David Paez-Espino, Donald A. Bryant, Devaki Bhaya, Adrienne B. Narrowe, Alexander J. Probst, Alexander Sczyrba, Annegret Kohler, Armand Séguin, Ashley Shade, Barbara J. Campbell, Björn D. Lindahl, Brandi Kiel Reese, Breanna M. Roque, Chris DeRito, Colin Averill, Daniel Cullen, David A.C. Beck, David A. Walsh, David M. Ward, Dongying Wu, Emiley Eloe-Fadrosh, Eoin L. Brodie, Erica B. Young, Erik A. Lilleskov, Federico J. Castillo, Francis M. Martin, Gary R. LeCleir, Graeme T. Attwood, Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, Holly M. Simon, Ian Hewson, Igor V. Grigoriev, James M. Tiedje, Janet K. Jansson, Janey Lee, Jean S. VanderGheynst, Jeff Dangl, Jeff S. Bowman, Jeffrey L. Blanchard, Monica Medina, Terrence H. Bell, 2022, Cell on p. 4023-4037.e18

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

Rapid niche shifts in bacteria following conditioning in novel soil environments

Caylon F. Yates, Ryan V. Trexler, Idalys Bonet, William L. King, Kevin L. Hockett, Terrence Bell, 2022, Functional Ecology

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

Suzanne M. Fleishman, David M. Eissenstat, Terrence Bell, Michela Centinari, 2022, Environmental Microbiomes

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

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

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

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

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

News Articles Featuring Terrence Bell

Two ecology doctoral students receive Alumni Association Dissertation Awards

Laura Jones and Caylon Yates, doctoral students in Penn State’s intercollegiate graduate degree program in ecology, were recognized as recipients of 2022-23 Alumni Association Dissertation Awards.

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.