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DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0148130
Title (Primary) Spatial distribution of fungal communities in an arable soil
Author Moll, J.; Hoppe, B.; König, S.; Wubet, T. ORCID logo ; Buscot, F.; Krüger, D.
Source Titel PLOS ONE
Year 2016
Department BOOEK; iDiv
Volume 11
Issue 2
Page From e0148130
Language englisch
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Abstract Fungi are prominent drivers of ecological processes in soils, so that fungal communities across different soil ecosystems have been well investigated. However, for arable soils taxonomically resolved fine-scale studies including vertical itemization of fungal communities are still missing. Here, we combined a cloning/Sanger sequencing approach of the ITS/LSU region as marker for general fungi and of the partial SSU region for arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) to characterize the microbiome in different maize soil habitats. Four compartments were analyzed over two annual cycles 2009 and 2010: a) ploughed soil in 0–10 cm, b) rooted soil in 40–50 cm, c) root-free soil in 60–70 cm soil depth and d) maize roots. Ascomycota was the most dominant phylum across all compartments. Fungal communities including yeasts and AMF differed strongly between compartments. Inter alia, Tetracladium, the overall largest MOTU (molecular operational taxonomic unit), occurred in all compartments, whereas Trichosporon dominated all soil compartments. Sequences belonging to unclassified Helotiales were forming the most abundant MOTUs exclusively present in roots. This study gives new insights on spatial distribution of fungi and helps to link fungal communities to specific ecological properties such as varying resources, which characterize particular niches of the heterogeneous soil environment.
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Moll, J., Hoppe, B., König, S., Wubet, T., Buscot, F., Krüger, D. (2016):
Spatial distribution of fungal communities in an arable soil
PLOS One 11 (2), e0148130 10.1371/journal.pone.0148130