Center for Microbial Ecology Records

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Center for Microbial Ecology records
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Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Historical Note

The Center for Microbial Ecology was founded in 1989 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as one of the first eleven Science and Technology Centers in the nation. Research Excellence Funds have been used by the University as a match to the NSF grant. After peer review in the fall of 1994, the NSF has recommended that funding of the Center be renewed and intends to provide $11.3 million over a five-year period that began in February 1995.

The Center has major programs in Research, Graduate Education, Industrial Outreach, and Educational Outreach designed to create new knowledge, facilitate the dissemination of knowledge to the industrial and governmental sectors, help to develop a well-trained work force knowledgeable in microbial ecology, and increase scientific literacy among K-12 students.

The intellectual focus of the Center for Microbial Ecology is to understand factors that influence the competitiveness, diversity and function of microorganisms in their natural and managed habitats. This knowledge is important because microorganisms have major roles in determining global warming, ground water quality, plant and animal health, and organic matter cycling. Further, microorganisms are important to the biotechnology industry and include organisms developed to degrade hazardous chemicals, for the production of pharmaceuticals and for biocatalysis. To ensure a sustainable biosphere and to exploit these microbial processes for economic gain, we must develop a comprehensive understanding of microbial diversity, microbial processes and microbial interactions. This can best be achieved through a multidisciplinary research effort such as that of the Center.


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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of a Executive Summary - Final Report from January 2000, and a copy of the National Science Foundation proposal for the Center (1988).

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections August 2018

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research, with except of the cover sheet of the NSF proposal.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Reports

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Executive Summary - Final Report January 2000 

F.D. 1

Proposal to the National Science Foundation for the establishment of the Center for Microbial Ecology [Restricte] 1988 

F.D. 2