Journal article

Seasonal change is a major driver of soil resistomes at a watershed scale

Qian Xiang, Min Qiao, Dong Zhu, Madeline Giles, Roy Neilson, Xiao-Ru Yang, Yong-Guan Zhu, Qing-Lin Chen

ISME Communications | Springer Science and Business Media LLC | Published : 2021

Abstract

AbstractSoils harbor the most diverse naturally evolved antibiotic resistomes on Earth that threaten human health, ecosystem processes, and food security. Yet the importance of spatial and temporal variability in shaping the distribution of soil resistomes is not well explored. Here, a total of 319 topsoil samples were collected at a watershed scale during four seasons (spring to winter) and high-throughput quantitative PCR (HT-qPCR) was used to characterize the profiles of soil antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). A significant and negative correlation was observed between soil ARG profiles and seasonal dissimilarity, which along with seasonally dependent distance-decay relationships highlig..

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