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    The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the United States Department of Agricultures chief scientific research agency and one of the worlds premiere scientific organizations. ARS Postdoctoral Research Associates are hired to supplement a lead scientist's research on agricultural problems of high national priority affecting American agriculture.

    A Ph.D in Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Plant Patholgy, or Chemistry is disirable. 

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    The incumbents will conduct studies to identify mechanism that function in amendment-based control of soil-borne diseases in fruit production systems. Specific research will focus on short-term and long-term disease suppression attained in response to practices such as anaerobic soil disinfestation. Studies will examine the role of specific anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) derived soil metabolites in near-term disease control and the role of specific transformations of the soil microbiome in long-term disease control. The incumbents will examine the effect of soil management systems and plant genotype on structure and function of the soil and rhizosphere microbiome. The specific research will focus on characterization of the functional rhizosphere microbial communities that have an instrumental role in soil suppressiveness and/or rootstock tolerance to a diverse spectrum of soil-borne pathogens that has been documented in the orchard system.  In addition, they will contribute to ongoing studies which seek to determine whether attributes of the soil fauna can be utilized to enhance activity of disease suppressive soil biology. The effect of host genotype on composition of root exudate metabolome will be assessed, and identification of metabolites having a role in recruiting or repelling organisms to the rhizosphere will be determined.

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