Selection, Succession and Stabilization of Soil Microbial Consortia
AuthorZegeye, Elias; Brislawn, Colin; Farris, Yulia; Fansler, Sarah; Hofmockel, Kirsten; Jansson, Janet K.; Wright, Aaron; Graham, Emily; Naylor, Dan; McClure, Ryan S.; Bernstein, Hans Christopher
IMPORTANCE: The soil microbiome carries out important ecosystem functions, but interactions between soil microbial communities have been difficult to study due to the high microbial diversity and complexity of the soil habitat. In this study, we successfully obtained stable consortia with reduced complexity that contained species found in the original source soil. These consortia and the methods used to obtain them can be a valuable resource for exploration of specific mechanisms underlying soil microbial community ecology. The results of this study also provide new experimental context to better inform how soil microbial communities are shaped by new environments and how a combination of initial taxonomic structure and physical environment influences stability.