Novel cercozoan and heterolobosean protists from the rhizosphere and phyllosphere of two endemic cacti from the Atacama Desert

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Title:Main Title: Novel cercozoan and heterolobosean protists from the rhizosphere and phyllosphere of two endemic cacti from the Atacama Desert
Description:Abstract: Cercozoans and heterolobose amoebae are found across terrestrial habitats where they feed on other unicellular microbes, including bacteria, fungi and microalgae. They constitute a significant fraction of soil ecosystems and are integral members of plant microbiota. Here, we present the results on the isolation of protozoans from the rhizosphere and phyllosphere of Browningia candelaris (Meyen) in the Andean Altiplano and Eulychnia taltalensis (F. Ritter) from the Coastal Cordillera of the Atacama Desert, both endemic to this ancient desert. We identified a new heterolobose amoeba species of the genus Allovahlkampfia isolated from cactus soil, three new species of the different glissomonad genera Allapsa, Neoheteromita, Neocercomonas and one new thecofilosean amoeba of the genus Rhogostoma isolated from the phyllosphere of one studied cactus. In addition, one bacterivorous flagellate was isolated from cactus spines and identified as a member of the non-scaled imbricatean family Spongomo- nadidae (Spongomonas). The isolation of protists from cactus spines extends the knowledge on the habitat ranges of taxa typically found on plant leaves or soils. The molecular data presented here is a prerequisite for further investigations on the ecology and diversity of protists including next-generation sequencing of microhabitats in plants and the rhizosphere, allowing for deeper taxonomic classification
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Creators:Eduardo Acosta (Author), Victoria Fincke (Author), Frank Nitsche (Author), Hartmut Arndt (Principal Investigator)
Publication Year:2023
CRC1211 Topic:Biology
Related Subproject:B2
Subject:Keyword: Biodiversity
Geogr. Information Topic:Biota
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Data Type:Data Paper - NG
File Size:6.9 MB
Date:Accepted: 11.11.2023
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Licence:[Creative Commons] Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
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Publication Status:Published
Review Status:Peer reviewed
Publication Type:Article
Article Type:Journal
Source:European Journal of Protistology
Number of Pages:13 (1 - 13)
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Metadata Creator:Frank Nitsche
Metadata Created:21.12.2023
Metadata Last Updated:21.12.2023
Funding Phase:2
Metadata Language:English
Metadata Version:V50
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