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Dr. Greg Krukonis of the biology faculty was awarded a $39,174 grant by the National Park Service to fund his project titled “DNA Characterization of Soil Microbes Associated With Degradation of Borate-treated Wood in Geographic Regions with High Levels of Naturally Occurring Borates.”

With the aid of two ASU undergraduate students, Krukonis will conduct DNA analysis of soil bacterial and fungal communities in Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and the Mojave Preserve to identify the soil microbes responsible for degradation of wooden structures in those parks. He will then develop recommendations for preservation management strategies based on his findings.

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