This thesis explores the role of the root microbiome in facilitating seagrass growth and survival and endeavours to develop novel microbial indicators for improved seagrass management. This thesis confirms that seagrasses 'select' for their root microbiomes via exudation of root compounds and oxygen, and that these microbes confer adaptive advantages for seagrass health in both nutrient acquisition and protection against phytotoxic sulphides. This thesis also provides the first example of how improved knowledge of these microbiomes can be utilised as a practical management tool for monitoring the health of sea grasses.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||31 Oct 2019|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2019|