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Science. 2006 Jun 30;312(5782):1917.

Bacterial diversity in tree canopies of the Atlantic forest.

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Department of Soils and Soil Science, University of São Paulo, Piracicaba, São Paulo, Brazil. mlambais@esalq.usp.br

Abstract

We found an extraordinary level of bacterial biodiversity in the tree leaf canopy of a tropical Atlantic forest by using culture-independent molecular methods. Our survey suggests that each tree species selects for a distinct microbial community. Analysis of the bacterial 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequences revealed that about 97% of the bacteria were unknown species and that the phyllosphere of any one tree species carries at least 95 to 671 bacterial species. The tree canopies of tropical forests likely represent a large reservoir of unexplored microbial diversity.

PMID:
16809531
DOI:
10.1126/science.1124696
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