Journal article

Soil pH determines the alpha diversity but not beta diversity of soil fungal community along altitude in a typical Tibetan forest ecosystem

Jun-Tao Wang, Yuan-Ming Zheng, Hang-Wei Hu, Li-Mei Zhang, Jing Li, Ji-Zheng He

JOURNAL OF SOILS AND SEDIMENTS | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2015

Abstract

Purpose: Despite their symbiotic relationship with trees and the vital role as decomposer in forest, soil fungi received limited attention regarding their changes with altitude in forest ecosystems. This study aimed to determine the diversity patterns of soil fungi along an altitudinal gradient on Mt. Shegyla, a typical forest ecosystem on the Tibetan Plateau. Materials and methods: High-throughput barcoded pyrosequencing and quantitative PCR approaches were employed to measure the community composition, diversity, and abundance patterns of soil fungal 18S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene in 20 samples collected along the altitudinal gradient of Mt. Shegyla. Results and discussion: Abundant taxa in..

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Awarded by National Science Foundation of China


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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was financially supported by grants from National Science Foundation of China (41230857, 51221892), MOST (2013CB956300) and STSN-21-02. We appreciated Drs. Mu Wang and Xi Zha from Agricultural and Animal Husbandry College of Tibet for their assistance in soil sampling.