Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Science
Dr. John Senko
Dr. Anne Wiley
Dr. David Singer
This paper uses the composition and abundance of microbial species to analyze soil recovery in disturbed land. Surface mining disturbs ecological communities throughout the world. As organizations seek to reclaim these disturbed lands, a proper analysis of recovery is needed. In previous studies, recovery of disturbed land was limited to surface examinations, which do not characterize the possible unseen devastating effects of the subsoil. Soil microorganisms are extremely sensitive to environmental changes such as strip mining. It is proposed that these microorganisms may serve as better indicators of recovery post disturbance. Our analysis indicates microbial recovery, however it may not depict recovery of the entire ecosystem.
Sanda, Tyler G., "Analysis of Microbial Diversity in Disturbed Soil" (2017). Honors Research Projects. 535.
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