Bacterial-biota dynamics of eight bryophyte species from different ecosystems

Faisal Hammad Mekky Koua, Kazuhide Kimbara, Akio Tani

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Despite the importance of bryophyte-associated microorganisms in various ecological aspects including their crucial roles in the soil-enrichment of organic mass and N2 fixation, nonetheless, little is known about the microbial diversity of the bryophyte phyllospheres (epi-/endophytes). To get insights into bacterial community structures and their dynamics on the bryophyte habitats in different ecosystems and their potential biological roles, we utilized the 16S rRNA gene PCR-DGGE and subsequent phylogenetic analyses to investigate the bacterial community of eight bryophyte species collected from three distinct ecosystems from western Japan. Forty-two bacterial species belonging to γ-proteobacteria and Firmicutes with 71.4% and 28.6%, respectively, were identified among 90 DGGE gel band population. These DGGE-bands were assigned to 13 different genera with obvious predomination the genus Clostridium with 21.4% from the total bacterial community. These analyses provide new insights into bryophyte-associated bacteria and their relations to the ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)204-210
Number of pages7
JournalSaudi Journal of Biological Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 2015


  • 16S rDNA fragments
  • Bacterial community
  • Bryophytes
  • DGGE analysis
  • Endophytes
  • Epiphytes
  • Microbial community dynamics
  • Moss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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