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rhizosphere microbial community structure - (Oct/08/2013 )

Hi all, 

I got a problem with the research work. I am new in this area, so know little about it, particularly abou thte experimental techniques.Is there anybody could help me out with this tough thing? thank you very much. I will appreciate any suggestions and ideas from you.

 

Here comes the question: 

The composition of rhizosphere microbial community varies with different plant genotypes or species. Assuming that you observed a significant difference in microbial community between cultivated corn and its wild relative, teosinte, design experiments to answer the following two questions:
1)      How much of observed difference is inheritable?
2)      Which genetic loci control such variation in microbial community?
 
Thank you very much. I have searched for some papers online. None of them can answer the questions. 

 

-arlandan-

you can use this wikipedia page as a start.

 

then lmgtfy.

-mdfenko-

you can use this wikipedia page as a start.

 

then lmgtfy.

can you please be more specific? 

-arlandan-

can you please be more specific?

no. not my area of expertise. just tried to give you a starting point.

-mdfenko-