Bacterial diversity across individual lichens.

  title={Bacterial diversity across individual lichens.},
  author={Alexandra A Mushegian and Celeste N Peterson and Christopher C M Baker and Anne Pringle},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  volume={77 12},
Symbioses are unique habitats for bacteria. We surveyed the spatial diversity of bacterial communities across multiple individuals of closely related lichens using terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism (T-RFLP) and pyrosequencing. Centers of lichens house richer, more consistent assemblages than species-poor and compositionally disparate lichen edges, suggesting that ecological succession plays a role in structuring these communities. 

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