Journal article

Soil Bacterial Community Responds to Land-Use Change in Riparian Ecosystems

Vicky Waymouth, Rebecca E Miller, Sabine Kasel, Fiona Ede, Andrew Bissett, Cristina Aponte

FORESTS | MDPI | Published : 2021


Riparian forests were frequently cleared and converted to agricultural pastures, but in recent times these pastures are often revegetated in an effort to return riparian forest structure and function. We tested if there is a change in the soil bacterial taxonomy and function in areas of riparian forest cleared for agricultural pasture then revegetated, and if soil bacterial taxonomy and function is related to vegetation and soil physicochemical properties. The study was conducted in six riparian areas in south‐eastern Australia, each comprising of three land‐use types: remnant riparian forest, cleared forest converted to pasture, and revegetated pastures. We surveyed three strata of vegetati..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment from the Ecological Society of Australia, MelbourneWater, and the Madeleine Selwyn Smith Memorial Scholarship. Vicky Waymouth was a recipient of a Research Training Program Scholarship. Cybec Foundation supported Rebecca Miller during her lectureship at Melbourne University. We would like to acknowledge the contributions of the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments (BASE) and Australian Microbiome consortiums to the generation of genetic data for this study. The Australian Microbiome initiative is supported by funding from Bioplatforms Australia and the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) through the Australian Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), Parks Australia through the Bush Blitz program funded by the Australian Government and BHP, and CSIRO. Soil collection and field sampling was conducted under Parks Victoria permit number 10008494.