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      Symbiosis in the Soil: Citizen Microbiology in Middle and High School Classrooms †

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          Microorganisms are vital to environmental health, yet their association with disease often overshadows these benefits. Building citizen-science activities around the positive role of microorganisms and an understanding of their ubiquity can begin to dispel misconceptions while simultaneously engaging the public in research. Here, we describe a citizen-science microbiology project geared toward implementation in middle and high school classrooms. Students culture environmental microorganisms and document microbial diversity of plant root systems compared with adjacent bulk soil. Results contribute data toward research on microbiome recruitment of weeds and other successful plants while addressing core topics in science education.

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                Journal
                J Microbiol Biol Educ
                J Microbiol Biol Educ
                JMBE
                Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
                American Society of Microbiology
                1935-7877
                1935-7885
                March 2016
                01 March 2016
                : 17
                : 1
                : 60-62
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708
                [2 ]Ligon Middle School, Raleigh, NC 27601
                [3 ]Lakewood Montessori Middle School, Durham, NC 27707
                [4 ]C. M. Eppes Middle School, Greenville, NC 27858
                [5 ]Genomics and Microbiology, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC 27601
                [6 ]Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
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                [* ]Corresponding author. Mailing address: 11 West Jones St., Genomics and Microbiology, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, NC 27601. Phone: 919-707-8096. E-mail: julia.stevens@ 123456naturalsciences.org .
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                jmbe-17-57
                10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.1016
                4798817
                27047592
                7e8c0e2f-36f2-4ea0-bc9f-2583e1201b48
                ©2016 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.

                This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license ( https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode), which grants the public the nonexclusive right to copy, distribute, or display the published work.

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