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DOI 10.1111/1462-2920.14653
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Title (Primary) Unraveling spatiotemporal variability of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in a temperate grassland plot
Author Goldmann, K. ORCID logo ; Boeddinghaus, R.S.; Klemmer, S.; Regan, K.M.; Heintz-Buschart, A.; Fischer, M.; Prati, D.; Piepho, H.-P.; Berner, D.; Marhan, S.; Kandeler, E.; Buscot, F.; Wubet, T. ORCID logo
Source Titel Environmental Microbiology
Year 2020
Department BZF; BOOEK; iDiv
Volume 22
Issue 3
Page From 873
Page To 888
Language englisch
Abstract Soils provide a heterogeneous environment varying in space and time; consequently, the biodiversity of soil microorganisms also differs spatially and temporally. For soil microbes tightly associated with plant roots, such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), the diversity of plant partners and seasonal variability in trophic exchanges between the symbionts introduce additional heterogeneity. To clarify the impact of such heterogeneity, we investigated spatiotemporal variation in AMF diversity on a plot scale (10 × 10 m) in a grassland managed at low intensity in southwest Germany. AMF diversity was determined using 18S rDNA pyrosequencing analysis of 360 soil samples taken at six time points within a year. We observed high AMF alpha‐ and beta‐diversity across the plot and at all investigated time points. Relationships were detected between spatiotemporal variation in AMF OTU richness and plant species richness, root biomass, minimal changes in soil texture and pH. The plot was characterized by high AMF turnover rates with a positive spatiotemporal relationship for AMF beta‐diversity. However, environmental variables explained only ≈20% of the variation in AMF communities. This indicates that the observed spatiotemporal richness and community variability of AMF was largely independent of the abiotic environment, but related to plant properties and the cooccurring microbiome.
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Goldmann, K., Boeddinghaus, R.S., Klemmer, S., Regan, K.M., Heintz-Buschart, A., Fischer, M., Prati, D., Piepho, H.-P., Berner, D., Marhan, S., Kandeler, E., Buscot, F., Wubet, T. (2020):
Unraveling spatiotemporal variability of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in a temperate grassland plot
Environ. Microbiol. 22 (3), 873 - 888 10.1111/1462-2920.14653