Analysis of Extracellular Enzyme Activity of Microbial Communities in Wetland Soil


  • Dani Gaspar California State University, San Marcos
  • Janette Cuellar
  • Jordan Hoke
  • Elinne Becket
  • George Vourlitis


Wetlands hold relatively large amounts of carbon compared to other environmental carbon storages. Studying carbon degradation pathways of wetland soil microbial communities is important in understanding nutrient cycling. Soil samples were collected from three different vegetation sites in the CSUSM wetland. We were interested in seeing how enzyme activity varied between the vegetation types and sought to determine any correlation between extracellular enzyme activity and microbial functional pathways.

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