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The influence of Avicennia germinans (black mangrove) range expansion on rhizosphere soil microbial community and function

Goal: Mangroves, particularly Avicennia germinans, are expanding northward along the Atlantic coast of Florida toward Georgia. Soils have been sampled from the rhizosphere of different species across sites at varying latitudes near St. Augustine, Florida, with plant tissue harvested from the corresponding mangrove individuals. Several incubation experiments will be performed to examine the effect that microorganisms associated with mangroves will have when introduced into the new salt marsh soil, including responses to both continual warming and sudden freezing events.

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Mangroves, particularly Avicennia germinans, are expanding northward along the Atlantic coast of Florida toward Georgia. Soils have been sampled from the rhizosphere of different species across sites at varying latitudes near St. Augustine, Florida, with plant tissue harvested from the corresponding mangrove individuals. Several incubation experiments will be performed to examine the effect that microorganisms associated with mangroves will have when introduced into the new salt marsh soil, including responses to both continual warming and sudden freezing events.