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dc.contributor.authorEsan, Ebenezer
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-27T18:35:41Z
dc.date.available2018-08-27T18:35:41Z
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10222/74146
dc.description.abstractOne of the biggest challenges to the compost industries is plastic contamination. Microorganisms have been reported to have the potential to decompose plastics. A research using next generation amplicon sequencing was conducted to study the microbial diversity and structure of compost piles ranging in age between 2 and 10 years from four compost facilities within Nova Scotia. Five different compost with partially decomposed plastics were randomly collected from compost piles at each location. Additionally, bulk compost samples within 10-cm radius around the sampled partially decomposed plastics were also collected. The bacterial phyla: Proteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Actinobacteria and fungi Ascomycota were abundant across all facilities. Our result indicated significant differences in compost microbiomes within compost facilities, which might be related to compost chemical parameters, age of piles and feedstock. However, the presence of plastics in compost had no significant effect on the structure of microbial community the emphasizing inert nature of plastic.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectComposten_US
dc.subjectMetagenomicsen_US
dc.subjectMicrobiomeen_US
dc.subjectCompost ageen_US
dc.titleExploring the Potential of the Native Microbial Consortium in Municipal Organics Composts for Biodegradation of Plastic Wastesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.date.defence2018-08-13
dc.contributor.departmentFaculty of Agricultureen_US
dc.contributor.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.contributor.external-examinerN/Aen_US
dc.contributor.graduate-coordinatorDr Gordon Priceen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerGordon Priceen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-readerYoung Ki Changen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorLord Abbeyen_US
dc.contributor.thesis-supervisorSvetlana Yurgelen_US
dc.contributor.ethics-approvalNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.manuscriptsNot Applicableen_US
dc.contributor.copyright-releaseNot Applicableen_US
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