Richard Lee,

Ice-Nucleating Microorganisms

This line of research focuses on unique species of bacteria and fungi that are particularly potent ice-nucleating agents (link to references on INA). We are interested in the natural occurrence of these microbes in the environment and, particularly, in association with cold hardy ectotherms. Our lab isolated two novel species of ice nucleating bacteria from insects (Lee et al. 1991). Additionally, we have investigated the use of role these species as biological control agents to manipulate winter survival of insect pests in stored products and the Colorado potato beetle (Castrillo et al. 2001; Lee et al. 2001). This research is conducted in collaboration with Dr. Marcia R. Lee, Department of Microbiology, Miami University.