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Microbial community dynamics in a Malaysian tropical peat swamp forest

posted on 2019-03-22, 06:41 authored by CHIN CHIN TOO
This study investigated microbial community structure in pristine and burnt sites in North Selangor peat swamp forest, as well as putative functional genes possessed by cultivated bacteria in the carbon and nitrogen cycles, using next-generation sequencing. Microbial diversity was found to be significantly affected by depth, but not tree species. Bacterial isolates were suggested to be involved in the degradation of cellulose, starch, sugars, organic acids, aromatic compounds and methane. They also potentially performed dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium, which conserves nitrogen in the ecosystem, which could partially explain how the ecosystem sustains such high biodiversity.


Campus location


Principal supervisor

Sui Mae Lee

Additional supervisor 1

Prof. Catherine Yule

Additional supervisor 2

Dr. Alexander Keller

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

School of Sciences (Monash University Malaysia)


Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Science