Cerasus × yedoensis ‘Somei-yoshino’ is a common cherry blossoms tree in Japan. The wide-spread clone of the single species across the country provides excellent opportunities to investigate the composition of microbiome and its interaction with its surronding environment. As a pilot project of such an analysis, we collected 577 environmental DNA samples via crowd sourcing among participants of a scientific conference, and characterized the composition of microbial species on petal surfaces.
Citation: T. Ohta, T. Kawashima, N. O. Shinozaki, A. Dobashi, S. Hiraoka, T. Hoshino, K. Kanno, T. Kataoka, S. Kawashima, M. Matsui, W. Nemoto, S. Nishijima, N. Suganuma, H. Suzuki, Y. Taguchi, Y. Takenaka, Y. Tanigawa, M. Tsuneyoshi, K. Yoshitake, Y. Sato, R. Yamashita, K. Arakawa, W. Iwasaki, Collaborative environmental DNA sampling from petal surfaces of flowering cherry Cerasus × yedoensis ‘Somei-yoshino’ across the Japanese archipelago. J Plant Res. 131, 709-717 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10265-018-1017-x