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 Hydrocarbons Microbiota Soils Rhizosphere Fungi Bacteria Petroleum Biodegradation Microbiome Degradation Microorganisms Phylogeny Hydrocarbon Salix Growth Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Bacterium Bioremediation Genes Crude Oil Planting Polluted Soils Environmental Biodegradation Vegetation

Most Recent Papers

Soil salinization accelerates microbiome stabilization in iterative selections for plant performance

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

Phylogenetic Signal, Root Morphology, Mycorrhizal Type and Macroinvertebrate Exclusion

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

Can dispersal be leveraged to improve microbial inoculant success?

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

The Decay and Fungal Succession of Apples with Bitter Rot Across a Vegetation Diversity Gradient

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

The hierarchy of root branching order determines bacterial composition, microbial carrying capacity and microbial filtering

William L. King, Caylon F. Yates, Jing Guo, Suzanne M. Fleishman, Ryan V. Trexler, Michela Centinari, Terrence H. Bell, David M. Eissenstat, 2021, Communications Biology

Soybean Roots and Soil From High- and Low-Yielding Field Sites Have Different Microbiome Composition

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

Harnessing Chemical Ecology for Environment-Friendly Crop Protection

Seogchan Kang, Rhea Lumactud, Ningxiao Li, Terrence H. Bell, Hye Seon Kim, Sook Young Park, Yong Hwan Lee, 2021, Phytopathology on p. 1697-1710

Hydrocarbon substrate richness impacts microbial abundance, microbiome composition, and hydrocarbon loss

Terrence H. Bell, Nina Camillone, Katrina Abram, Maryann Victoria Bruns, Etienne Yergeau, Marc St-Arnaud, 2021, Applied Soil Ecology

Tree‐induced alterations to soil properties and rhizoplane‐associated bacteria following 23 years in a common garden

Caylon F. Yates, Jing Guo, Terrence H. Bell, Suzanne M. Fleishman, Hayden W. Bock, Ryan V. Trexler, David M. Eissenstat, Michela Centinari, 2021, Plant and Soil on p. 591-602

Soil microbes in organic crop production systems 101

Laura Kaminsky, Mara Cloutier, Suzanne Fleishman, Sarah Isbell, Kristy Borrelli, Terrence Bell, 2021, eOrganic on p. http://eorganic.org/node/34601

Most-Cited Papers

Predictable bacterial composition and hydrocarbon degradation in Arctic soils following diesel and nutrient disturbance

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

Linkage between bacterial and fungal rhizosphere communities in hydrocarbon-contaminated soils is related to plant phylogeny

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

Culture-dependent and -independent methods capture different microbial community fractions in hydrocarbon-contaminated soils

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

Transplanting soil microbiomes leads to lasting effects on willow growth, but not on the rhizosphere microbiome

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

A diverse soil microbiome degrades more crude oil than specialized bacterial assemblages obtained in culture

Terrence H. Bell, Franck O.P. Stefani, Katrina Abram, Julie Champagne, Etienne Yergeau, Mohamed Hijri, Marc St-Arnaud, 2016, Applied and Environmental Microbiology on p. 5530-5541

Soil microbiome transfer method affects microbiome composition, including dominant microorganisms, in a novel environment

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.