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Title of Research Project
Establishing the link between functional and total bacterial diversity, its response to
perturbation and effect upon carbon flux to other tropic levels.
Physiological heterogeneity within bacterial communities partitions the bacterial
diversity into functional and redundant compartments. We aim to investigate the
functionality and redundancy of bacterial diversity by combining respiration based buoyant
density gradient separation of whole cells with well established molecular techniques. The
coupling of these methods allows, for the first time, the rigorous analyses of the switch
between functional and redundant diversity and how this effect soil nutrient flux and
ecosystem function. We will investigate undisturbed bacterial communities and study
drought stress as a perturbation to microbial communities within the rhizophere soil
ecosystems of Sourhope.
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