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New Tree Of Life Published - And Most Of The Species On It Are A Complete Mystery To Us iflscience.com/new-tree-life-…
We study water quality & the natural processes that purify water, work by many students & scientists #worldwaterday
#NerdNite (homecoming edition) comes to ECU Biology featuring @seekar and @ArianePeralta @ECU_Biology #ECU_Biology rbl.ms/1PTboWW
Humans have manipulated ecosystems to keep pace with demands for clean water, food, fiber and fuel. Land use history can have lasting impacts on contemporary ecosystems, especially on microorganisms involved in regulating ecosystem services. Research in the Peralta Lab seeks to understand how land use change influences microbial community structure and function. Land use history can positively or negatively influence ecosystem services, and the strength and outcome of these legacy effects may be variable due to the persistence of microorganisms from previous land use. Our ability to manage microbial functions is especially important for enhancing water quality, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and crop production. We use a combination of molecular- and culture-based approaches to characterize microbial communities. In addition, we use a combination of field- and lab-based methods to assess microbially mediated functions (e.g., soil-borne disease suppression, nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, plant growth promotion).
Research in the Peralta Lab explores the following questions:
(1) How does past land use impact contemporary microbial community composition and function?
(2) How can current management practices enhance microbial ecosystem services?
(3) What are social-ecological barriers to managing microbial ecosystem services?
A nice framework for thinking about functional traits #biodiversity by @LauraEllenDee et al goo.gl/2rPXfs
That's a lot of bubbling jars of mud. Oh yeah, and there's another shelf. @mendoncaraissa #factorialdesign
Celebrating the new face of agriculture ow.ly/10CSWv #womeninag
Travertine deposits: Mammoth Hot Springs @YellowstoneNPS with @ArianePeralta
Thanks to all students and friends who spent a beautiful day outside raking at the long-term fertilization and mowing plots! It was a great success.