Soil bacterial community associated with the dioecious Acanthosicyos horridus in the Namib Desert

  title={Soil bacterial community associated with the dioecious Acanthosicyos horridus in the Namib Desert},
  author={Adrian Unc and Gillian Maggs-K{\"o}lling and Eugene Marais and Chen Sherman and Tirza Doniger and Yosef Steinberger},
  journal={Biology and Fertility of Soils},
Plant clusters govern soil microbiology in desert systems. Female Acanthosicyos horridus plants in the Namib Desert are preferentially accessed by grazers, especially during fruit availability. We hypothesized that this differential grazing affects the taxonomic diversity of soil bacterial populations. Sampling was carried out at three locations on a northwest-to-southeast transect starting at the Kuiseb Delta, near the shores of the Atlantic in the western Namib Desert, and extending inland… Expand

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