Journal article

Rare taxa maintain the stability of crop mycobiomes and ecosystem functions

Chao Xiong, Ji-Zheng He, Brajesh K Singh, Yong-Guan Zhu, Jun-Tao Wang, Pei-Pei Li, Qin-Bing Zhang, Li-Li Han, Ju-Pei Shen, An-Hui Ge, Chuan-Fa Wu, Li-Mei Zhang

Environmental Microbiology | Society for Applied Microbiology | Published : 2021


Plants harbour highly diverse mycobiomes which sustain essential functions for host health and productivity. However, ecological processes that govern the plant–mycobiome assembly, interactions and their impact on ecosystem functions remain poorly known. Here we characterized the ecological role and community assembly of both abundant and rare fungal taxa along the soil–plant continuums (rhizosphere, phyllosphere and endosphere) in the maize–wheat/barley rotation system under different fertilization practices at two contrasting sites. Our results indicate that mycobiome assembly is shaped predominantly by compartment niche and host species rather than by environmental factors. Moreover, crop..

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Awarded by Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank Prof. Yan-Lai Han, Mr. Li-Hua Wan and Hao-Tian Tong for their cooperation and assistance in the fieldwork, and Zi-Yang He, Zhi-Bo Zhao and Chang-Chun Zhai for their generous help in soil sampling and laboratory work. We thank Mr. Feng Dai for supplying the nitrification inhibitor chlorinated pyridine (CP). We also thank Dr. Hang-Wei Hu and Dr. Yin Chen for their suggestions and comments on the manuscript. This work was financially supported by National Key R&D Program (2017YFD0200600) and the Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB15020200). Research on plant and soil microbiomes in BKS lab is supported by the Australian Research Council (DP170103628; DP190103714). Li-Mei Zhang was supported by the Youth Innovation Promotion Association, Chinese Academy of Sciences (Y201615).