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Title (Primary) Immediate and legacy effects of snow exclusion on soil fungal diversity and community composition
Author Zhang, L.; Ren, Y.; Yang, K.; Li, Z.; Tan, B.; Liu, Y.; Li, H.; You, C.; Liu, S.; Wang, L.; Yin, R.; Zhang, J.; Xu, Z.;
Journal Forest Ecosystems
Year 2021
Department BZF;
Volume 8
Language englisch;
Supplements https://static-content.springer.com/esm/art%3A10.1186%2Fs40663-021-00299-8/MediaObjects/40663_2021_299_MOESM1_ESM.docx
Keywords Winter climate change; Snow cover; Fungi; Community diversity; Community composition; Illumina sequencing


Soil fungi play crucial roles in ecosystem functions. However, how snow cover change associated with winter warming affects soil fungal communities remains unclear in the Tibetan forest.


We conducted a snow manipulation experiment to explore immediate and legacy effects of snow exclusion on soil fungal community diversity and composition in a spruce forest on the eastern Tibetan Plateau. Soil fungal communities were performed by the high throughput sequencing of gene-fragments.


Ascomycota and Basidiomycota were the two dominant fungal phyla and Archaeorhizomyces, Aspergillus and Amanita were the three most common genera across seasons and snow manipulations. Snow exclusion did not affect the diversity and structure of soil fungal community in both snow-covered and snow-free seasons. However, the relative abundance of some fungal communities was different among seasons. Soil fungal groups were correlated with environmental factors (i.e., temperature and moisture) and soil biochemical variables (i.e., ammonium and enzyme).


These results suggest that the season-driven variations had stronger impacts on soil fungal community than short-term snow cover change. Such findings may have important implications for soil microbial processes in Tibetan forests experiencing significant decreases in snowfall.

ID 24449
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=24449
Zhang, L., Ren, Y., Yang, K., Li, Z., Tan, B., Liu, Y., Li, H., You, C., Liu, S., Wang, L., Yin, R., Zhang, J., Xu, Z. (2021):
Immediate and legacy effects of snow exclusion on soil fungal diversity and community composition
For. Ecosyst. 8 , art. 22