Dr. Qicheng Bei

Contact / Address

Dr. Qicheng Bei

Department of Soil Ecology
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
Theodor-Lieser-Strasse 4 | D-06120 Halle/Saale



Research Interests

  • Stable isotope (13C, 15N) labeling and observation (NanoSIMS) of microbes
  • Big Omic datasets analysis: 16S/18S, ITS, metagenome, metatranscriptome
  • Effects of climate changes on soil microbial community structure and function
  • New ammonia-oxidising archaea (AOA) MAGs assembly and enrichment
  • Bioinformatics, High-performance computing (HPC)

Research Projects

DiscoMole and iSBio

In this project, we want to explore the relationship between microbial diversity and functions in global soil samples from iSBio Consortium.A total 314 soil metagenomic samples were collected by global soil scientists.

Global Change Experimental Facility (GCEF)

In this project, we want to understand the effects of climate change and land use on soil microbial diversity and function at the GCEF platform. A total of 180 soil metagenomic samples were collected across 2014-2019 summers.


  • Isotope labeling methods: 13CO2 and 15N2, stable isotope probing (SIP)
  • Multi-omics approach: 16S/18S, ITS, metagenome, metatranscriptome
  • Mass spectrometry analysis: NanoSIMS, IRMS
  • Bioinformatician: R, Linux, Bash, Perl, Awk, Sed, High-performance computing (HPC)...

Scientific Career

since 2021

Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research - UFZ

2015 - 2021

Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology

2013 - 2015

Assistant professor
Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2011 - 2013

PhD Student
Institute of Agricultural Sciences in the Tropics, University of Hohenheim

2007 - 2013

PhD Student
Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2003 - 2007

Bachelor of Agriculture, Yangzhou University, China

Selected Publications

Li, X., Bei, Q., Rabiei Nematabad, M. et al. Time-shifted expression of acetoclastic and methylotrophic methanogenesis by a single Methanosarcina genomospecies predominates the methanogen dynamics in Philippine rice field soil. Microbiome 12, 39 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40168-023-01739-z. Journal

Bei, Q., Reitz, T., Schnabel, B. et al. Extreme summers impact cropland and grassland soil microbiomes. ISME J (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-023-01470-5. Journal

Sun, Xiangxin, Jun Zhao, Xue Zhou, Qicheng Bei, Weiwei Xia, Bingzi Zhao, Jiabao Zhang, and Zhongjun Jia. "Salt tolerance-based niche differentiation of soil ammonia oxidizers." The ISME Journal (2021): 1-11. Journal

Bei, Qicheng, Gerald Moser, Christoph Müller, and Werner Liesack. "Seasonality affects function and complexity but not diversity of the rhizosphere microbiome in European temperate grassland." Science of The Total Environment 784 (2021): 147036. Journal

Wang, Xiaojie, Qicheng Bei, Wei Yang, Heng Zhang, Jialong Hao, Li Qian, Yucheng Feng, and Zubin Xie. "Unveiling of active diazotrophs in a flooded rice soil by combination of NanoSIMS and 15N2-DNA-stable isotope probing." Biology and Fertility of Soils 56, no. 8 (2020): 1189-1199. Journal

Bei, Qicheng, Gerald Moser, Xiaohong Wu, Christoph Mueller, and Werner Liesack. "Metatranscriptomics reveals climate change effects on the rhizosphere microbiomes in European grassland." Soil Biology and Biochemistry 138 (2019): 107604. Journal

Bei, Qicheng, Zubin Xie, Georg Cadisch, and Frank Rasche. "K-strategic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria capitalize on biological nitrogen fixation in a flooded, unfertilized rice soil." Biology and Fertility of Soils 55, no. 7 (2019): 713-722. Journal

Wang, Xiaojie, Benjuan Liu, Jing Ma, Yanhui Zhang, Tianlong Hu, Heng Zhang, Yucheng Feng et al. "Soil aluminum oxides determine biological nitrogen fixation and diazotrophic communities across major types of paddy soils in China." Soil Biology and Biochemistry 131 (2019): 81-89. Journal