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Can J Microbiol. 2002 Jul;48(7):643-54.

Cultivation-dependent characterization of bacterial diversity from British Columbia forest soils subjected to disturbance.

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BC Research Inc, Vancouver, Canada. paxelrood@bcresearch.com

Abstract

Bacteria from forest surface organic matter and mineral soil horizons were cultivated using four methods and characterized by fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) analysis. Soil samples from a British Columbia Ministry of Forests Long-Term Soil Productivity (LTSP) installation were collected during winter and summer from two disturbance treatments (whole-tree harvesting with no soil compaction (plot N) and whole-tree harvesting plus complete surface organic matter removal with heavy soil compaction (plot S)) and from an unlogged reference plot (REF). Seventy-five percent of 1795 bacterial isolates were affiliated with 42 genera representing beta- and gamma-Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, the Bacillus/Clostridium group, and the Cytophaga-Flexibacter-Bacteroides group. Approximately half of the culture collection represented genetic diversity confined to four bacterial genera: Pseudomonas, Bacillus, Paenibacillus, and Arthrobacter. A significantly higher proportion of bacterial isolates belonging to Actinobacteria, and the member genus Arthrobacter, were isolated from plot S soil samples compared with soil samples from plots N and REF. Twenty-five percent of bacterial isolates were not conclusively identified to genus with FAME analysis. Sherlock Tracker cluster analysis and partial 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis enabled classification of a subset of these isolates.

PMID:
12224563
DOI:
10.1139/w02-058
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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