Identifying which factors influence the diversity and function of soil microbes
Understanding what drives existing soil microbial community diversity and function across disparate climates and ecological communities is crucial to understanding how ecosystems will respond to future global change. The EU-funded MICOCO project will therefore characterise the contribution of the above-ground plant community and soil abiotic conditions to the diversity and composition of the soil microbe community. It will also use the latest modelling techniques to determine how climate influences microbial community turnover at different spatial scales and the effects of microclimate, microbe-microbe associations, and microbe-plant associations on microbial function. The latest joint species distribution models will determine association patterns within soil microbial communities, while functional trait databases will be applied to identify plant pathogens and infer interactions.
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