Geographical location determines the population structure in phyllosphere microbial communities of a salt-excreting desert tree.

@article{Finkel2011GeographicalLD,
  title={Geographical location determines the population structure in phyllosphere microbial communities of a salt-excreting desert tree.},
  author={Omri M. Finkel and Adrien Y. Burch and Steven E. Lindow and Anton F. Post and Shimshon Belkin},
  journal={Applied and environmental microbiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={77 21},
  pages={7647-55}
}
The leaf surfaces of Tamarix, a salt-secreting desert tree, harbor a diverse community of microbial epiphytes. This ecosystem presents a unique combination of ecological characteristics and imposes a set of extreme stress conditions. The composition of the microbial community along ecological gradients was studied from analyses of microbial richness and diversity in the phyllosphere of three Tamarix species in the Mediterranean and Dead Sea regions in Israel and in two locations in the United… CONTINUE READING

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