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Investigating clinical, and field studies to explain temporal and spatial patterns of microbial diversity
Curated by Frank Cronk
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Welcome to Forney Lab

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The research done in my laboratory centers on the diversity and distribution of prokaryotes. Both field and laboratory studies are done to explore the temporal and spatial patterns of community diversity, as well as factors that influence the dynamics of inter- and intra-species competition.

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Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Studies (IBEST) - University of Idaho

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Forney Lab: human microbiome

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The Human  Microbiome

The microbiota normally associated with the human body have an important influence on human development, physiology, immunity and nutrition. The vast majority of these indigenous microbiota exist in a mutualistic relationship with their human host, while others are opportunistic pathogens that can cause both chronic infections and life-threatening diseases.

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Forney Lab: biofilms

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Biofilms

Studies of natural and experimental biofilms provide a way to explore the importance of spatial structure on maintenance and generation of diversity in microbial ecosystems. Biofilms are complex communities of microorganisms attached to surfaces and encased in an intricate matrix of extracellular polymeric substances which serve to create complex environmental gradients. Relative to their planktonic counterparts, cells within biofilms can exhibit exceptional resistance to antibiotics and disinfectants.

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Forney Lab: biodiversity and biogeography

Forney Lab: biodiversity and biogeography | Forney Lab | Scoop.it

Biodiversity and Biogeography

Our research is focused on documenting the extent of diversity that exists in spatially structured environments and developing conceptual and mathematical models that account for the observed diversity. These include investigations to understand circumstances that drive diversification as well as modeling the evolutionary dynamics of adaptive evolution.

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