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How microorganisms in the soil respond to and are altered by forest wildfire

This work used DNA and RNA sequencing to investigate how wildfire burn severity affects forest soil microbiomes. The results revealed the mechanisms that allow specific bacteria, fungi and viruses to colonize and thrive in burned soils. These changes can influence nutrient cycling and carbon storage in soil.

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Fig. 1: Post-fire diversity and functional shifts in the soil microbiome.

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This is a summary of: Nelson, A. R. et al. Wildfire-dependent changes in soil microbiome diversity and function. Nat. Microbiol. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-022-01203-y (2022).

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How microorganisms in the soil respond to and are altered by forest wildfire. Nat Microbiol 7, 1329–1330 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41564-022-01218-5

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