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Digging the New York City Skyline: soil fungal communities in green roofs and city parks.

McGuire KL, Payne SG, Palmer MI, Gillikin CM, Keefe D, Kim SJ, Gedallovich SM, Discenza J, Rangamannar R, Koshner JA, Massmann AL, Orazi G, Essene A, Leff JW, Fierer N - PLoS ONE (2013)

Bottom Line: In urban environments, green roofs provide a number of benefits, including decreased urban heat island effects and reduced energy costs for buildings.While fungal communities were compositionally distinct across green roofs, they did not differentiate by plant community.Together, these results suggest that fungi living in the growing medium of green roofs may be an underestimated component of these biotic systems functioning to support some of the valued ecological services of green roofs.

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Affiliation: Department of Biology, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America. kmcguire@barnard.columbia.edu

ABSTRACT
In urban environments, green roofs provide a number of benefits, including decreased urban heat island effects and reduced energy costs for buildings. However, little research has been done on the non-plant biota associated with green roofs, which likely affect their functionality. For the current study, we evaluated whether or not green roofs planted with two native plant communities in New York City functioned as habitats for soil fungal communities, and compared fungal communities in green roof growing media to soil microbial composition in five city parks, including Central Park and the High Line. Ten replicate roofs were sampled one year after planting; three of these roofs were more intensively sampled and compared to nearby city parks. Using Illumina sequencing of the fungal ITS region we found that green roofs supported a diverse fungal community, with numerous taxa belonging to fungal groups capable of surviving in disturbed and polluted habitats. Across roofs, there was significant biogeographical clustering of fungal communities, indicating that community assembly of roof microbes across the greater New York City area is locally variable. Green roof fungal communities were compositionally distinct from city parks and only 54% of the green roof taxa were also found in the park soils. Phospholipid fatty acid analysis revealed that park soils had greater microbial biomass and higher bacterial to fungal ratios than green roof substrates. City park soils were also more enriched with heavy metals, had lower pH, and lower quantities of total bases (Ca, K, and Mg) compared to green roof substrates. While fungal communities were compositionally distinct across green roofs, they did not differentiate by plant community. Together, these results suggest that fungi living in the growing medium of green roofs may be an underestimated component of these biotic systems functioning to support some of the valued ecological services of green roofs.

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The relative abundance of the most dominant fungal orders detected from green roof substrates and city park soils.
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pone-0058020-g009: The relative abundance of the most dominant fungal orders detected from green roof substrates and city park soils.

Mentions: Park soils had a lower abundance of Glomeromycota taxa compared to green roof media (p<0.05). As in the green roof samples, Glomus was the most abundant genus, containing 39% of all the Glomeromycota sequences. The most abundant Glomeromycota species, to which numerous OTUs aligned, was Rhizophagus irregularis (syn. Glomus irregulare), which accounted for 38% of all Glomeromycota sequences in green roof substrates. The relative abundance of fungal orders was also distinct across green roof and park soil samples, although many of the orders occurred in both park and green roof samples (Fig. 9).


Digging the New York City Skyline: soil fungal communities in green roofs and city parks.

McGuire KL, Payne SG, Palmer MI, Gillikin CM, Keefe D, Kim SJ, Gedallovich SM, Discenza J, Rangamannar R, Koshner JA, Massmann AL, Orazi G, Essene A, Leff JW, Fierer N - PLoS ONE (2013)

The relative abundance of the most dominant fungal orders detected from green roof substrates and city park soils.
© Copyright Policy
Related In: Results  -  Collection

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getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC3585938&req=5

pone-0058020-g009: The relative abundance of the most dominant fungal orders detected from green roof substrates and city park soils.
Mentions: Park soils had a lower abundance of Glomeromycota taxa compared to green roof media (p<0.05). As in the green roof samples, Glomus was the most abundant genus, containing 39% of all the Glomeromycota sequences. The most abundant Glomeromycota species, to which numerous OTUs aligned, was Rhizophagus irregularis (syn. Glomus irregulare), which accounted for 38% of all Glomeromycota sequences in green roof substrates. The relative abundance of fungal orders was also distinct across green roof and park soil samples, although many of the orders occurred in both park and green roof samples (Fig. 9).

Bottom Line: In urban environments, green roofs provide a number of benefits, including decreased urban heat island effects and reduced energy costs for buildings.While fungal communities were compositionally distinct across green roofs, they did not differentiate by plant community.Together, these results suggest that fungi living in the growing medium of green roofs may be an underestimated component of these biotic systems functioning to support some of the valued ecological services of green roofs.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Biology, Barnard College of Columbia University, New York, New York, United States of America. kmcguire@barnard.columbia.edu

ABSTRACT
In urban environments, green roofs provide a number of benefits, including decreased urban heat island effects and reduced energy costs for buildings. However, little research has been done on the non-plant biota associated with green roofs, which likely affect their functionality. For the current study, we evaluated whether or not green roofs planted with two native plant communities in New York City functioned as habitats for soil fungal communities, and compared fungal communities in green roof growing media to soil microbial composition in five city parks, including Central Park and the High Line. Ten replicate roofs were sampled one year after planting; three of these roofs were more intensively sampled and compared to nearby city parks. Using Illumina sequencing of the fungal ITS region we found that green roofs supported a diverse fungal community, with numerous taxa belonging to fungal groups capable of surviving in disturbed and polluted habitats. Across roofs, there was significant biogeographical clustering of fungal communities, indicating that community assembly of roof microbes across the greater New York City area is locally variable. Green roof fungal communities were compositionally distinct from city parks and only 54% of the green roof taxa were also found in the park soils. Phospholipid fatty acid analysis revealed that park soils had greater microbial biomass and higher bacterial to fungal ratios than green roof substrates. City park soils were also more enriched with heavy metals, had lower pH, and lower quantities of total bases (Ca, K, and Mg) compared to green roof substrates. While fungal communities were compositionally distinct across green roofs, they did not differentiate by plant community. Together, these results suggest that fungi living in the growing medium of green roofs may be an underestimated component of these biotic systems functioning to support some of the valued ecological services of green roofs.

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Related in: MedlinePlus