Data from: A temporally intensive survey of bacterial communities of Brassica napus genotypes grown in three environments
Bell, Jennifer K. et al. (2020), Data from: A temporally intensive survey of bacterial communities of Brassica napus genotypes grown in three environments, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.30t86d1
Soil bacterial communities play vital roles in nutrient cycling and plant health. Breeding staple crops to have more robust microbiomes may be a sustainable way to improve crop yield without increasing inputs, leading to better global food security. We collected root and rhizosphere soil samples from sixteen genotypes of canola weekly for ten weeks at one site in 2016 and at three time points across three sites in 2017. We sequenced the 16S ribosomal RNA gene generating a total of 127.7 million reads. The data shows that rhizosphere communities are more diverse than corresponding root communities. Beta diversity analysis demonstrates both temporal and site-to-site differences in community structure. Using this dataset, these and other aspects of the canola microbiome characterization can be explored to advance our understanding of genotype by environment interactions This is a large temporally and spatially rich dataset, which will further our understanding of bacterial communities associated with canola. These data will be used in a variety of other projects, with the goal of enhancing agricultural sustainability.