Jenny T. Kao-Kniffin

Associate Professor
School of Integrative Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Contact Information

165 Plant Science Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
p: (607) 255-8886

Jenny T. Kao-Kniffin

Associate Professor
School of Integrative Plant Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Expertise

Soil microbiomes; rhizosphere ecology; plant-microbial interactions

Current Research Interest

Influence of soil microbiomes on plant traits; assembly of rhizosphere microbiomes that alter flowering time, grass density, plant biomass, and seed yield through directed evolution; construction of a locally sourced soil matrix to support agriculture in New York City; impact of the microbiome of New York City composts on plant growth, nutrition, and health

Distinction

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
Weihenstephan Science Prize of the City of Freising, International Collaboration, Germany

Selected Publications

Panke-Buisse, Kevin, Angela C. Poole, Julia K. Goodrich, Ruth E. Ley, and Jenny Kao-Kniffin. “Selection on Soil Microbiomes Reveals Reproducible Impacts on Plant Function.” ISME Journal 9 (2015): 980–989

Garcia, Joshua and Jenny Kao-Kniffin. “Microbial Group Dynamics in Plant Rhizospheres and Their Implications on Nutrient Cycling.” Frontiers in Microbiology (2018) 9: 1516.

Cornell Research Website Article

Ecosystems of Plant Roots and Soils