In a world first, complex microbial communities associated with sugarcane roots are analysed using next-generation DNA sequencing and bioinformatics to profile the genetic coding capacity of soil microbiomes. Microbial communities are analysed in unique field settings in two sugarcane growing regions in central and north Queensland (Mackay, Ayr).
The experimental fields explore the effect of a much reduced nitrogen fertiliser rate (40 kg nitrogen per hectare) and conventional rates (160-180 nitrogen kg per hectare). Three varieties of sugarcane are compared (Q-cane varieties, Brazilian variety) to determine the effects of location, nitrogen treatment, soil type, season, and variety on microbiomes in bulk soil and associated with sugarcane roots in context of biomass and sugar yield.
- 16S rRNA gene sequences of identified microbial populations (.fasta) [download]