Microbes are the key drivers of carbon and nitrogen cycling in terrestrial environments, however the factors controlling soil microbial community composition, dynamics and nutrient cycling are poorly understood. Our objective is to elucidate the role(s) of Acidobacteria in carbon and nitrogen turnover in acidic forest soils, such as in the New Jersey Pinelands, and to assess the mechanisms promoting their activity and dominance in these environments. We seek to understand how and to what extent Acidobacteria respond to environmental change and whether the predictions on the organismal level of this key microbial guild in turn may estimate ecosystem-scale respiration and nutrient turnover.
|Effective start/end date||7/1/11 → 6/30/14|
- National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))