The seagrass root microbiome: Micro-scale solutions for macro-scale resolutions

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date31 Oct 2019
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019

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