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Title:Getting the Inside Scoop on Soil Seed Banks
Author(s):Kuo, Venus
Contributor(s):Dalling, James
Subject(s):Tropical
Forest
Fieldwork
Liberal Arts and Sciences
soil microbes
Abstract:In this picture, I am photographed in my typical field day during my research experience for undergraduate (REU) at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) during the summer of 2014. Here, I am shoveling soil from a transect in the 50 ha Barro Colorado Island rainforest census plots that contains a seed bank of a particular Neo-tropical pioneer species. After collection, I would bring the collected seeds back to the labs on Barro Colorado Island to culture fungi, test for viability, germination, conductivity, and physical hardness to answer questions regarding seed dormancy and the role of soil microbes has on long-term persistence. For more information about the Image of Research--Undergraduate Edition go to: http://go.library.illinois.edu/imageofresearch_uredition
Issue Date:2015-04
Type:Text
Image
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/75916
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Venus Kuo
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-04-30


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