Building laboratory infrastructure to exploit the use of stable isotopes in the functional analysis of microbial communities

The Ernakovich lab is in the completing stages of creating an automated growth chamber. This project will allow us to track decomposition rates, primary productivity and microbial community dynamics using quantitative stable isotope probing (qSIP) methods. These methods have the ability to link a microbial identity to a biogeochemical function and is a cutting edge tool in microbial ecology. 

Future research plans include examing plant priming effects on the decomposition of soil organic matter. Understanding these complex plant-microbe interactions will help researchers and lawmakers to create more accurate models used for predicting global carbon fluxes.

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