How widespread is cyanobacterial colonization of mosses?
|Target group:||Biology, Biochemistry|
|Educational level:||Bachelor, Masters|
Many common moss species are colonized by nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria, especially in unpolluted ecosystems. Here, they are important contributors to the ecosystem N budget. But how widespread this colonization by cyanobacteria is, is unknown. Are rare species similarly colonized? In this project, we will screen a wide range of different moss species (20-30) collected across Europe for cyanobacterial colonization and nitrogen fixation activity.
|Methods used:||Acetylene reduction assay (gas chromatography), microscopy, culturing, biogeochemical analyses|
|Keywords:||moss, cyanobacteria, nitrogen, symbiosis|
|Project home page:||https://www1.bio.ku.dk/te/research/ecosystem-ecology/|
|Supervisor(s):||Kathrin Rousk, Aya Permin|