Alison Berry

Alison Berry

Position Title
Professor of Plant Sciences

Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Room 2228, Plant and Environmental Sciences Building (PES)

Research Interests

Biological nitrogen fixation; root and rhizosphere plant-microbe associations, and applications in agroecology; soil microbial ecology; microbial genomics; tree root architecture; plant nutrition and ecophysiology; microbial deconstruction of cellulosic biomass and microbial biofuels.

Grad Group Affiliations

  • Ecology Graduate Group
  • Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group

Specialties / Focus

  • Environmental and Integrative Biology
  • Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Genomics

Honors and Awards

  • 2010: Honorary Doctorate, Faculty of Science, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 2008-present: Visiting Professor, Department of Botany, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • 1997 (Fall): Visiting professor, Stockholm University, Department of Botany
  • 1996 (Spring): Visiting professor, University of Lyon (France), Department of Soil Microbial Ecology
  • 1966-1970: National Merit Scholarship

    Professional Societies

    • American Society for Microbiology
    • American Society of Plant Biologists
    • Ecological Society of America


    • 1970 BA Anthropology Harvard University
    • 1978 MS Botany University of Massachusetts
    • 1983 PhD Botany University of Massachusetts


    Berry, AM, Mendoza-Herrera A, Guo Y-Y, Hayashi J, Persson T, Barabote R, Demchenko K, Zhang S, and Pawlowski K. 2011. New perspectives on nodule nitrogen assimilation in actinorhizal symbioses. Functional Plant Biology 38: 645-652.

    Pawlowski K, Bogusz D, Ribeiro A, and Berry AM. 2011. Progress in research on actinorhizal plants. Functional Plant Biology 38: 633-638.

    Rezaei F, Joh LD, Berry AM, VanderGheynst JS. 2011. Xylanase and cellulase production by Acidothermus cellulolyticus grown on switchgrass in solid-state fermentation. Biofuels 2 (1): 21-32.

    Barabote R, Parales J, Parales R, and AM Berry. 2010. Characterization of a thermostable family 10 endo-xylanase (Xyl-1) from Acidothermus cellulolyticus 11B. Appl. & Env. Microbiology.

    Joh LD, Rezaei F, Barabote RD, Parales JV, Parales RE, Berry AM, VanderGheynst JS. 2010. Effects of Phenolic Monomers on Growth of Acidothermus cellulolyticus . Biotechnology Progress.

    VanderGheynst J, Rezaei F, Dooley TM and AM Berry. 2010. Switchgrass leaching requirements for solid-state fermentation by Acidothermus cellulolyticus. Biotechnology Progress,26 (3): 622-626.

    Holmes, K.A., K.E. Veblen, A.M. Berry & T.P. Young. 2010. Effects of prescribed fires on planted valley oak saplings at a research restoration site in the Sacramento Valley. Restoration Ecology.

    Li T, Shilling F, Thorne J, Li F, Schott H, Boynton R, Berry AM. 2010. Fragmentation of China’s landscape by roads and urban areas. Landscape Ecology.

    Barabote RD, Xie G, Leu DH, Normand P, Necsulea A, Daubin V, Medigue C, Adney WS, Xu XC, Lapidus A, Detter JC, Pujic P, Parales R, Bruce D, Lavire C, Challacombe JF, Brettin TS, and AM Berry. 2009. Complete genome of the cellulolytic thermophile Acidothermus cellulolyticus 11B provides insights into its ecophysiological and evolutionary adaptations. Genome Research 19(6): 1033-1043.

    Adney WS, van der Lelie N, Berry A, and ME Himmel. 2008. Understanding the biomass decay community: Biomass recalcitrance. IN: M. Himmel, ed., Deconstructing the Plant Cell Wall for Bioenergy. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing pp. 454-479.

    Girvetz EH, Thorne JH, Berry AM, and JAG Jaeger. 2008. Integration of landscape fragmentation analysis into regional planning: A statewide multi-scale case study from California, USA. Landscape & Urban Planning 86: 205-218

    Solomeshch A.I., S.N. Long, M.G. Barbour, and A.M. Berry. 2009. Floristic Composition of Roadside Grasslands, Yolo County, California. IN: IN: Espinosa-García F, Hubbard T, Van Devender TR, Harper-Lore B, editors. Invasive Plants on the Move. Controlling them in North America. Proceedings, Weeds Across Borders 2006, Hermosillo, Mexico. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, Tucson, AZ.

    Normand P. , Lapierre P., Tisa L.S., J.P., Alloisio N., Bassi C.A., Berry A.M., Bickhart D.M., Choisne N., Couloux A., Cournoyer B, Cruveiller S., Daubin V., Demange N., Pilar Francino M., Goltsman E., Huang Y., Kopp O., Labarre L., Lapidus A., Lavire C., Marechal J., Martinez M., E. Mastronunzio J.E., Mullin B., Niemann J., Pujic P., Rawnsley T., Rouy Z., Schenowitz C., Sellstedt A., Tavares F., Tomkins J.P., Vallenet D., Valverde C., Wall L., Wang Y., Medigue C. & Benson D.R.. 2007. Genome characteristics of facultatively symbiotic Frankia sp. strains reflect host range and host plant biogeography. Genome Research 17(1): 7-15.

    Pawlowski K., K.R. Jacobsen, N. Alloisio, R.F. Denison, M. Klein, J.D. Tjepkema, T. Winzer, A. Sirrenberg, C. Guan, A.M. Berry. 2007. Truncated hemoglobins in actinorhizal nodules of Datisca glomerata. Plant Biol. 9, 776-785.

    Alloisio N, Maréchal J, Brian Vanden Heuvel B, Normand P, Berry AM. Characterization of a gene locus containing squalene-hopene cyclase (shc) in Frankia ACN14a and an shc homolog in Acidothermus cellulolyticus . 2005. Symbiosis 39: 83-90.

    King AP and AM Berry. 2005. Vineyard 15N, nitrogen and water status in perennial clover and bunch grass cover crop systems of California’s Central Valley. Agriculture Ecosystems & Environment 109 (3-4): 262-272.

    Berry AM, Murphy TM, Okubara PA, Jacobsen KR, Swensen SM, and K Pawlowski. 2004. Novel expression pattern of cytosolic glutamine synthetase in nitrogen-fixing root nodules of the actinorhizal host, Datisca glomerata Plant Physiology 135: 1849-1862.