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The goal of this project is to understand how the microorganisms including bacteria and yeasts that colonize the floral nectar of ume, or Japanese apricot (Prunus mume), affect pollination by native honey bees, which is necessary for the production of the apricot. This knowledge will be used to determine how microbial colonization of flowers can be manipulated for more effective pollination. The study site is located in the Minabe/Tanabe region, a GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System) site designated by FAO.
Minabe and Tanabe, Wakayama, Japan
Ecological and evolutionary community assembly, with emphasis on understanding historical contingency in community structure, ecosystem functioning, biological invasion and ecological restoration, using experimental, theoretical, and comparative methods involving bacteria, protists, fungi, plants, and animals.