A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Linkages among Wetland Vegetation, Rhizosphere Microbial Communities and Soil Stability and Decreased Coastal Wetland Sustainability in Response to Oiling
Louisiana State University
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Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI)
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative GoMRI Grant Program
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Spartina alterniflora is a critical component of Louisiana's salt marsh-estuarine complexes, the health of which determines the sustainability of near-shore Gulf coast ecosystems and human uses thereof. The health and resilience of S. alterniflora marshes are strongly influenced by, and exert strong feedbacks on, hydrology, the physical matrix of the soil, soil stability and its associated animal and microbial communities (Howes et al. 2010).