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Distinct soil bacterial communities along a small-scale elevational gradient in alpine tundra.

Shen C, Ni Y, Liang W, Wang J, Chu H - Front Microbiol (2015)

Bottom Line: Bacterial communities were more phylogenetically clustered than expected by chance at all elevations based on the standardized effect size of MNTD metric.Taken together, this is the first time that a significant bacterial diversity pattern has been observed across a small-scale elevational gradient.Our results indicated that soil carbon and nitrogen contents were the critical environmental factors affecting bacterial elevational distribution in Changbai Mountain tundra.

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Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing China ; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing China.

ABSTRACT
The elevational diversity pattern for microorganisms has received great attention recently but is still understudied, and phylogenetic relatedness is rarely studied for microbial elevational distributions. Using a bar-coded pyrosequencing technique, we examined the biodiversity patterns for soil bacterial communities of tundra ecosystem along 2000-2500 m elevations on Changbai Mountain in China. Bacterial taxonomic richness displayed a linear decreasing trend with increasing elevation. Phylogenetic diversity and mean nearest taxon distance (MNTD) exhibited a unimodal pattern with elevation. Bacterial communities were more phylogenetically clustered than expected by chance at all elevations based on the standardized effect size of MNTD metric. The bacterial communities differed dramatically among elevations, and the community composition was significantly correlated with soil total carbon (TC), total nitrogen, C:N ratio, and dissolved organic carbon. Multiple ordinary least squares regression analysis showed that the observed biodiversity patterns strongly correlated with soil TC and C:N ratio. Taken together, this is the first time that a significant bacterial diversity pattern has been observed across a small-scale elevational gradient. Our results indicated that soil carbon and nitrogen contents were the critical environmental factors affecting bacterial elevational distribution in Changbai Mountain tundra. This suggested that ecological niche-based environmental filtering processes related to soil carbon and nitrogen contents could play a dominant role in structuring bacterial communities along the elevational gradient.

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Relationships between elevation and bacterial phylotype richness and phylogenetic diversity. Linear or quadratic models were selected to describe the relationship. The communities were randomly sampled to obtain 4900 sequences.
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Figure 4: Relationships between elevation and bacterial phylotype richness and phylogenetic diversity. Linear or quadratic models were selected to describe the relationship. The communities were randomly sampled to obtain 4900 sequences.

Mentions: Phylotype richness decreased with increased elevation (r2 = 0.26, P = 0.012), whereas Faith’s (1992) phylogenetic diversity exhibited a unimodal pattern with elevation (r2 = 0.48, P < 0.001; Figure 4).


Distinct soil bacterial communities along a small-scale elevational gradient in alpine tundra.

Shen C, Ni Y, Liang W, Wang J, Chu H - Front Microbiol (2015)

Relationships between elevation and bacterial phylotype richness and phylogenetic diversity. Linear or quadratic models were selected to describe the relationship. The communities were randomly sampled to obtain 4900 sequences.
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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Figure 4: Relationships between elevation and bacterial phylotype richness and phylogenetic diversity. Linear or quadratic models were selected to describe the relationship. The communities were randomly sampled to obtain 4900 sequences.
Mentions: Phylotype richness decreased with increased elevation (r2 = 0.26, P = 0.012), whereas Faith’s (1992) phylogenetic diversity exhibited a unimodal pattern with elevation (r2 = 0.48, P < 0.001; Figure 4).

Bottom Line: Bacterial communities were more phylogenetically clustered than expected by chance at all elevations based on the standardized effect size of MNTD metric.Taken together, this is the first time that a significant bacterial diversity pattern has been observed across a small-scale elevational gradient.Our results indicated that soil carbon and nitrogen contents were the critical environmental factors affecting bacterial elevational distribution in Changbai Mountain tundra.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Soil and Sustainable Agriculture, Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing China ; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing China.

ABSTRACT
The elevational diversity pattern for microorganisms has received great attention recently but is still understudied, and phylogenetic relatedness is rarely studied for microbial elevational distributions. Using a bar-coded pyrosequencing technique, we examined the biodiversity patterns for soil bacterial communities of tundra ecosystem along 2000-2500 m elevations on Changbai Mountain in China. Bacterial taxonomic richness displayed a linear decreasing trend with increasing elevation. Phylogenetic diversity and mean nearest taxon distance (MNTD) exhibited a unimodal pattern with elevation. Bacterial communities were more phylogenetically clustered than expected by chance at all elevations based on the standardized effect size of MNTD metric. The bacterial communities differed dramatically among elevations, and the community composition was significantly correlated with soil total carbon (TC), total nitrogen, C:N ratio, and dissolved organic carbon. Multiple ordinary least squares regression analysis showed that the observed biodiversity patterns strongly correlated with soil TC and C:N ratio. Taken together, this is the first time that a significant bacterial diversity pattern has been observed across a small-scale elevational gradient. Our results indicated that soil carbon and nitrogen contents were the critical environmental factors affecting bacterial elevational distribution in Changbai Mountain tundra. This suggested that ecological niche-based environmental filtering processes related to soil carbon and nitrogen contents could play a dominant role in structuring bacterial communities along the elevational gradient.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus