Jeffry Fuhrmann


  • Ph.D. Soil Microbiology, North Carolina State University
  • M.S. Forest Soil Microbiology, North Carolina State University
  • B.S. Forest Science, Humboldt State University

Current Courses

  • PLSC 170 Soils and Environmental Quality (online only)
  • PLSC 204 Introduction to Soil Science (classroom/online)
  • PLSC 205 Intro Soils Lab (classroom)
  • PLSC 419/619 Soil Microbiology (classroom with lab)


Soil and Environmental Microbiology: Ecology and diversity of microbial populations in soil-plant systems; microbial community responses to environmental perturbations; effects of soil-borne viruses on microbial communities and rhizobia; symbiotic nitrogen fixation.

Professional Activities

  • Member – Soil Science Society of America
  • Member – American Society for Microbiology

Representative Publications

Books and Chapters

Vasilas, B.L., M. Rabenhorst, J. Fuhrmann, A. Chirnside, and S. Inamdar.  2013.  Wetland Biogeochemistry Techniques, pp. 355-420.  In: Wetland Techniques, vol 1, Foundations.  Eds. J.T. Anderson and C.A. Davis.  Springer.

Sylvia, D.M., J.J. Fuhrmann, P.G. Hartel, and D.A. Zuberer (ed). 2005. Principles and applications of soil microbiology. 2 nd. Ed. Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. (textbook)

Fuhrmann, J.J. 2005. Microbial metabolism, p.54-84. In: D.M. Sylvia et al. (ed.), Principles and applications of soil microbiology. 2 nd. Ed. Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. (textbook chapter)

van Berkum, P., Fuhrmann, J.J., and Eardly, B.D. 2000. Phylogeny of rhizobia. In: Nitrogen fixation: from molecules to crop productivity. Eds.   F.O. Pedrosa, M. Hungria, G. Yates, and W.E. Newton. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht. pp. 165-169.

Fuhrmann, J. J. 1994. Isolation of soil microorganisms producing antibiotic compounds. pp. 379-405. IN: R. W. Weaver et al. (eds.), Methods of Soil Analysis, Part 2, Microbiological and Biochemical Properties. Soil Science Society of America, Madison, Wisconsin.

Journal Articles

Mesa, C.P., P. Joglekar, K.E. Wommack, S.W. Polson, and J.J. Fuhrmann. 2017. Multiphasic comparison of soybean bradyrhizobia field isolates indicates ITS-RFLP analysis generally correlates with symbiotic effectiveness. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. [submitted]

Williamson, K.W., J.J. Fuhrmann, K.E. Wommack, M. Radosevich. 2017. Viruses in soil ecosystems: an unknown quantity within an unexplored territory. Annual Review of Virology 4 [submitted]

Chen J, Li S, Liang C, Xu Q, Li Y, Qin H, Fuhrmann JJ. 2017. Response of microbial community structure and function to short-term biochar amendment in an intensively managed bamboo (Phyllostachys praecox) plantation soil: Effect of particle size and addition rate. Sci Total Environ 574:24-33.

Teng, J., Xiang, T., Huang, Z., Wu, J., Jiang, P., Meng, C., Li, Y., and Fuhrmann, J.J.  2016.  Spatial distribution and variability of carbon storage in different sympodial bamboo species in China.  J. Environ. Man. 168:46-52.

Srinivasiah, S., Lovett, J., Ghosh, D., Roy, K., Fuhrmann, J. J., Radosevich, M., & Wommack, K. E. (2015). Dynamics of autochthonous soil viral communities parallels dynamics of host communities under nutrient stimulation. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 91(7) doi:

Xu, Qiu-Fang, Pei-Kun Jiang, Jia-Sen Wu, Guo-Mo Zhou, Ren-Fang Shen, J.J. Fuhrmann. 2015. Bamboo invasion of native broadleaf forest modified soil microbial communities and diversity. Biol. Invasions 17:433–444.

Srinivasiah, Sharath; Lovett, Jacqueline; Polson, Shawn; Bhavsar, Jaysheel; Ghosh, Dhritiman; Roy, Krishnakali; Fuhrmann, Jeffry J; Radosevich, Mark; Wommack, K Eric (2013). Direct assessment of viral diversity in soils by random PCR amplification of polymorphic DNA. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 79(18), 5450-5457.

Berkum, P. v., & Fuhrmann, J. J. (2009). Evidence from internally transcribed spacer sequence analysis of soybean strains that extant bradyrhizobium spp. are likely the products of reticulate evolutionary events. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 75(1), 78-82.

Hartel, P G 1 ; Myoda, S P; Ritter, K J; Kuntz, R L; Rodgers, K; Entry, JA; Wey, SAV; Schroder, E C; Calle, J; Lacourt, M; Thies, JE; Reilly, J P; Fuhrmann, J J (2007). Geographic sharing of ribotype patterns in Enterococcus faecalis for bacterial source tracking. Journal of Water and Health, 5(4), 539-551.

Sojka, R.E., J.A. Entry, and J.J. Fuhrmann. 2006. The influence of high application rates of polyacrylamide on microbial metabolic potential in an agricultural soil. Appl. Soil Ecol. 24: 243-252.

Entry, J.A., J.J. Fuhrmann, R.E. Sojka, and G.E. Shewmaker. 2004. Influence of irrigated agriculture on soil carbon and microbial community structure. Environ. Manage. 33:S363-S373.

Vasilas, B., L. Vasilas, J. Thompson, A. Rizzo, J. Fuhrmann, T. Evans, J. Pesek, and K. Kunkle. 2004. Ectomycorrhizal mantles as indicators of hydrology for jurisdictional wetland determinations. Wetlands 24:784-795.

Myoda, S.P., C.A. Carson, J.J. Fuhrmann, B.-K. Hahm, P.G. Hartel, H. Yampara-Iquise, L. Johnson, R.L. Kuntz, C.H. Nakatsu, M.J. Sadowsky, and M. Samadpour. 2004. Comparison of genotypic-based microbial source tracking methods requiring a host origin database. J. Water Health 1:167-



Contact Information
Jeffry Fuhrmann


Plant and Soil Sciences
University of Delaware
Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-1371