Microbes aren’t just found in ponds. They’re also abundant in and around plants and soils. Mosses, some of the oldest plants on land, are home to many species of microbes.
In Episode 3 of Pondlife, Sally and fellow Museum scientist Michael Tessler travel to the Mohonk Preserve in upstate New York to explore microbial communities found in mosses, then bring samples back to the lab at the Museum. With modern DNA sequencing technologies, researchers can better understand just how much microbial diversity can be found living in and around these amazing plants.
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This series was made possible with a grant from Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation, and with the support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
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