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Microbial community dynamics in a Malaysian tropical peat swamp forest

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posted on 22.03.2019, 06:41 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.

History

Campus location

Malaysia

Principal supervisor

Sui Mae Lee

Additional supervisor 1

Prof. Catherine Yule

Additional supervisor 2

Dr. Alexander Keller

Year of Award

2019

Department, School or Centre

School of Sciences (Monash University Malaysia)

Course

Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type

DOCTORATE

Faculty

Faculty of Science

Exports

Exports