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Genetics/Molecular Biology

Stevens, Bo Maxwell [1].

Environmental Predictors of the Microbiome Associated with Serengeti Grasses.

The purpose of this analysis is to determine if there is relationship between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), soil bacteria, and Serengeti grasses with respect to soil properties and precipitation. Because AMF and bacteria play an important role in carbon cycles, plant nutrient uptake, and water flow, understanding their relationships could help broaden our understanding of global environmental concerns and inform land management decisions for conservation in a changing climate. Seven sites within the Serengeti National Park were sampled in 2012. Rhizosphere fungal SSU rDNA was extracted from the roots of two dominant plant species and pyrosequenced. Bacterial 16S soil DNA was sequenced using Illumina MiSeq high-throughput technology. Data is being interpreted with the QIIME software package. We are utilizing multivariate statistics to determine patterns in communities and environmental gradients. These findings will augment our understanding of the relationship between the soil microbiome across environmental gradients, with the intent of mitigating environmental impact while preserving economic need.

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1 - Northern Arizona University, Biology, S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, Flagstaff, AZ, 86011, USA

soil fungi

Presentation Type: Offered Paper - Paper
Session: 4
Location: Auditorium/Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Date: Monday, June 9th, 2014
Time: 1:30 PM
Number: 4003
Abstract ID:105
Candidate for Awards:None

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