Bacterial-biota dynamics of eight bryophyte species from different ecosystems

Faisal Hammad Mekky Koua, Kazuhide Kimbara, Akio Tani

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    Despite the importance of bryophyte-associated microorganisms in various ecological aspects including their crucial roles in the soil-enrichment of organic mass and N2 fixation, nonetheless, little is known about the microbial diversity of the bryophyte phyllospheres (epi-/endophytes). To get insights into bacterial community structures and their dynamics on the bryophyte habitats in different ecosystems and their potential biological roles, we utilized the 16S rRNA gene PCR-DGGE and subsequent phylogenetic analyses to investigate the bacterial community of eight bryophyte species collected from three distinct ecosystems from western Japan. Forty-two bacterial species belonging to γ-proteobacteria and Firmicutes with 71.4% and 28.6%, respectively, were identified among 90 DGGE gel band population. These DGGE-bands were assigned to 13 different genera with obvious predomination the genus Clostridium with 21.4% from the total bacterial community. These analyses provide new insights into bryophyte-associated bacteria and their relations to the ecosystems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)204-210
    Number of pages7
    JournalSaudi Journal of Biological Sciences
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015


    • 16S rDNA fragments
    • Bacterial community
    • Bryophytes
    • DGGE analysis
    • Endophytes
    • Epiphytes
    • Microbial community dynamics
    • Moss

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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