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DOI 10.1007/s10021-012-9533-3
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Titel (primär) Relationships between soil microorganisms, plant communities, and soil characteristics in Chinese subtropical forests
Autor Wu, Y.T.; Gutknecht, J.L.M.; Nadrowski, K.; Geißler, C.; Kühn, P.; Scholten, T.; Both, S.; Erfmeier, A.; Böhnke, M.; Bruelheide, H.; Wubet, T. ORCID logo ; Buscot, F.
Quelle Ecosystems
Erscheinungsjahr 2012
Department BOOEK
Band/Volume 15
Heft 4
Seite von 624
Seite bis 636
Sprache englisch
Keywords BEF-China; PLFA; SIR; NMDS analysis; subtropical forests; microbial biomass

We analyzed the influence of above- and belowground factors on the soil microbial community in a Chinese subtropical forest, one of the most diverse biomes in the northern hemisphere. Soil samples were taken at different depths from four replicate comparative study plots in each of three forest age classes (young 10–40 years, medium 40–80 years, old ≥80 years). Microbial biomass and community structure were then determined using phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analysis, and basal respiration and microbial biomass carbon (Cmic) were determined by substrate-induced respiration. These data were then related to plant community and soil variables using non-metric multidimensional scaling analysis and post-hoc permutational correlations. We found that microbial lipid composition and abundance were not related to forest age class. Instead, microbial lipid composition and abundance were related to factors reflecting primary production, i.e., percent litter cover, percent dead wood cover, and percent tree layer cover. Specifically, the relative abundance (mol fraction) of indicators for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria were positively significantly correlated with percent litter cover. We also found that the biomass of all microbial groups and total PLFA were negatively significantly related to percent deadwood cover. In addition, \textpH\textH 2 \textO pHH2O was the only soil parameter that was correlated significantly to microbial biomass. Our results indicate that overarching ecological factors such as plant productivity and soil pH are important factors influencing the soil microbial community, both in terms of biomass and of community composition in this subtropical ecosystem.


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Wu, Y.T., Gutknecht, J.L.M., Nadrowski, K., Geißler, C., Kühn, P., Scholten, T., Both, S., Erfmeier, A., Böhnke, M., Bruelheide, H., Wubet, T., Buscot, F. (2012):
Relationships between soil microorganisms, plant communities, and soil characteristics in Chinese subtropical forests
Ecosystems 15 (4), 624 - 636 10.1007/s10021-012-9533-3