Seminar: What's Hidden in the Bog? Sequencing the Peatland Microbiome, from Individual Plants to the Globe

Dr. L. Jamie Lamit, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Michigan Tech University
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November 7, 2016, 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM

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PLEASE NOTE: After the seminar there will be a meeting from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in 207A Buckhout Lab with Drs. Jamie Lamit and Terry Bell for anyone who is interested in phytobiomes.

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The Phytobiome Seminar Series is sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences Phytobiome Initiative, Plant Biology, and the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology.


Many of the most diverse groups of organisms on Earth are invisible. Although we know that microorganisms perform a vast array of functions vital to ecosystems, our understanding of the factors that shape their diversity and distributions is only emerging from its infancy. This talk will focus on understanding the drivers of microbial (with emphasis on fungi) community composition and diversity in peatlands (bogs and fens), unique habitats where partially decomposed organic matter accumulates due to water saturated conditions. Although they occupy a small fraction of the Earth’s surface, peatlands represent a major global carbon sink. However, anthropogenic disturbance and a changing climate may cause many peatlands to switch from carbon sinks to carbon sources. Microbes play a central role as the transformers of carbon stored in peatlands, and therefore understanding factors that structure their communities is foundational to our understanding of how peatlands will respond to perturbation.

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