|Plant diversity represents the prevalent determinant of soil fungal community structure across temperate grasslands in northern China|
|Chen, Yong-Liang; Xu, Tian-Le; Veresoglou, Stavros D.; Hu, Hang-Wei; Hao, Zhi-Peng; Hu, Ya-Jun; Liu, Lei; Deng, Ye; Rillig, Matthias C.; Chen, Bao-Dong
|Source Publication||SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY
|Abstract||Fungi play an important regulating role in terrestrial ecosystem functioning. However, their biogeographic distribution patterns along combined gradients of plant communities and environmental variables across regional spatial scales remain poorly understood. This knowledge gap is particularly pronounced in arid and semi-arid grassland ecosystems, which occupy one third of the terrestrial surface of China. Here, a regional-scale field investigation was conducted to collect soil samples from 290 plots at 52 sites along a 4000 km transect in temperate grasslands of northern China to assess the distribution patterns of fungal communities. The high-throughput Illumina sequencing revealed that soil fungal communities were dominated by Ascomycota, Basidiomycota and Zygomycota across the temperate grasslands. Fungal richness increased with plant species richness and mean annual precipitation (MAP). Bray-Cutis dissimilarities in soil fungal community composition between sites were significantly correlated with plant community composition, geographical distance, and abiotic factors including MAP, mean annual temperature, soil pH, and soil organic carbon. Variation partitioning analysis revealed that variation in fungal community composition was mainly explained by plant community composition, followed by geographical distance and abiotic factors. Structural equation models further highlighted the significant role of plant species richness in determining soil fungal richness. Taken together, these results suggest that the regional-scale distribution pattern of soil fungal communities is predominantly mediated by plant community composition, and also by abiotic factors and geographical distance in arid and semi-arid temperate grasslands. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.|
Chen, Yong-Liang,Xu, Tian-Le,Veresoglou, Stavros D.,et al. Plant diversity represents the prevalent determinant of soil fungal community structure across temperate grasslands in northern China[J]. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY,2017,110(7):12-21.
Chen, Yong-Liang.,Xu, Tian-Le.,Veresoglou, Stavros D..,Hu, Hang-Wei.,Hao, Zhi-Peng.,...&Chen, Bao-Dong.(2017).Plant diversity represents the prevalent determinant of soil fungal community structure across temperate grasslands in northern China.SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY,110(7),12-21.
Chen, Yong-Liang,et al."Plant diversity represents the prevalent determinant of soil fungal community structure across temperate grasslands in northern China".SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY 110.7(2017):12-21.
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