Journal article

Different responses of soil bacterial and fungal communities to nitrogen deposition in a subtropical forest

Jianqing Wang, Xiuzhen Shi, Chengyang Zheng, Helen Suter, Zhiqun Huang

The Science of The Total Environment | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021


China has experienced a widespread increase in N deposition due to intensive anthropogenic activities, particularly in the subtropical regions. However, the effects of long-term N deposition on soil bacterial and fungal abundance, diversity, and community composition remain largely unclear. We assessed the effects of N deposition on soil microbial communities in summer and winter, using quantitative polymerase chain reaction and Illumina Miseq sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA and fungal ITS genes from subtropical natural forest soils. The abundance of both soil bacteria and fungi exhibited a decreasing pattern with increasing N deposition rates. Nitrogen deposition increased bacterial divers..

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Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Awarded by National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars

Funding Acknowledgements

The work was funded by theNational Science Fund forDistinguished Young Scholars (31625007) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (41907022 and 31901165). The authors declare no conflict of interest.