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Host species identity, site and time drive temperate tree phyllosphere bacterial community structure

Overview of attention for article published in Microbiome, June 2016
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Host species identity, site and time drive temperate tree phyllosphere bacterial community structure
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Microbiome, June 2016
DOI 10.1186/s40168-016-0174-1
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Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, Christian Messier, Steven W. Kembel


The increasing awareness of the role of phyllosphere microbial communities in plant health calls for a greater understanding of their structure and dynamics in natural ecosystems. Since most knowledge of tree phyllosphere bacterial communities has been gathered in tropical forests, our goal was to characterize the community structure and assembly dynamics of phyllosphere epiphytic bacterial communities in temperate forests in Quebec, Canada. We targeted five dominant tree species: Acer saccharum, Acer rubrum, Betula papyrifera, Abies balsamea, and Picea glauca. We collected 180 samples of phyllosphere communities on these species at four natural forest sites, three times during the growing season. Host functional traits (i.e., wood density, leaf nitrogen content) and climate variables (summer mean temperature and precipitation) were strongly correlated with community structure. We highlight three key findings: (1) temperate tree species share a "core microbiome"; (2) significant evolutionary associations exist between groups of bacteria and host species; and (3) a greater part of the variation in phyllosphere bacterial community assembly is explained by host species identity (27 %) and species-site interaction (14 %), than by site (11 %) or time (1 %). We demonstrated that host species identity is a stronger driver of temperate tree phyllosphere bacterial communities than site or time. Our results suggest avenues for future studies on the influence of host functional traits on phyllosphere community functional biogeography across terrestrial biomes.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
France 2 1%
Canada 2 1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Unknown 155 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 39 24%
Researcher 35 22%
Student > Master 29 18%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 6%
Student > Bachelor 8 5%
Other 24 15%
Unknown 16 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 73 46%
Environmental Science 30 19%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 21 13%
Immunology and Microbiology 5 3%
Unspecified 2 1%
Other 6 4%
Unknown 23 14%

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