Uncovering the peatland root microbiome: Environmental factors shaping microbial community structure
Verlander, Sarah Elizabeth
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This study examines the effects of simulated whole-ecosystem warming and elevated levels of carbon dioxide on the microbial communities within the root-soil microbiomes of vascular plants in peatlands. Root samples obtained from the SPRUCE site in Minnesota will be used to carefully characterize the microbial communities in the root tissue and the surrounding rhizosphere. The microbial communities can then be examined for any effects of whole ecosystem warming and the enrichment of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, creating a glimpse into the future of peatlands and the associated effects of climate change drivers. This study marks an important step on a path to a greater understanding of peatland root microbiomes and climate driven effects on these microbial communities.