Rapid soil fungal community response to intensive management in a bamboo forest developed from rice paddies

Qin, Hua, Wang, Hailong, Strong, P. James, Li, Yongchun, Xu, Qiufang and Wu, Qifeng (2014) Rapid soil fungal community response to intensive management in a bamboo forest developed from rice paddies. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 68 177-184. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.09.031

Author Qin, Hua
Wang, Hailong
Strong, P. James
Li, Yongchun
Xu, Qiufang
Wu, Qifeng
Title Rapid soil fungal community response to intensive management in a bamboo forest developed from rice paddies
Journal name Soil Biology and Biochemistry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0038-0717
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.soilbio.2013.09.031
Open Access Status
Volume 68
Start page 177
End page 184
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Although heavy winter mulch and high rate fertilizer application are commonly practiced in intensively managed bamboo (Phyllostachys praecox) plantations, little is known about the effects of these practices on soil microbial activities. Therefore a field study was conducted to investigate the long term intensive management on the development and composition of soil fungal communities. Fungal biomass (fungal phospholipid fatty acid marker), fungal DNA (18S rDNA real-time qPCR) and fungal community composition (culture-independent methods: DGGE, cloning and sequencing) were determined across a bamboo plantation that included seven stand age-classes (1, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 20 years old). Although soil microbial PLFA biomass and fungal DNA abundance were unaffected during the first two years of intensive management, all increased significantly after three years of intensive management. The total microbial PLFA and bacterial PLFA increase linearly (P<0.001) with increasing stand age, while soil fungal PLFA and 18S gene abundance increase was best described using a quadratic equation (P<0.01). The fungal/bacterial ratio generally remained constant, but did increase for the 8 and 12 year stand soils. Sequencing of commonly-occurring bands revealed that the majority of the soil fungi were species of either Sordariomycetes or Chytridiomycetes. Cluster analysis by Ward's method revealed rapid short-term change in fungal communities that returned to its original composition within one to two years when the soils were not disturbed. This indicated a robust original fungal community that was resilient to transient perturbations resulting from intensive land management when allowed breaks from nutrient loading and soil disturbance. Redundancy analysis indicated that soil chemical characteristics, such as pH, Ntot and Corg, could account for 12.7%, 12.1% and 10.3% of the variance in soil fungal community composition, respectively. Stand age contributed to 12.6% of the variance of soil fungal community.
Keyword Bamboo
Fungal biomass
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 15 October 2013

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