Journal article

Consistent responses of soil microbial taxonomic and functional attributes to mercury pollution across China

Yu-Rong Liu, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Li Bi, Jun Zhu, Ji-Zheng He

Microbiome | BMC | Published : 2018

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The ecological consequences of mercury (Hg) pollution-one of the major pollutants worldwide-on microbial taxonomic and functional attributes remain poorly understood and largely unexplored. Using soils from two typical Hg-impacted regions across China, here, we evaluated the role of Hg pollution in regulating bacterial abundance, diversity, and co-occurrence network. We also investigated the associations between Hg contents and the relative abundance of microbial functional genes by analyzing the soil metagenomes from a subset of those sites. RESULTS: We found that soil Hg largely influenced the taxonomic and functional attributes of microbial communities in the two studied regio..

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Grants

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme H2020-MSCA-IF-2016 under REA grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (41877120, 41571453). M.D-B. acknowledges the support from the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme H2020-MSCA-IF-2016 under REA grant agreement no. 702057.