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Microbial Community Analysis of Native Pinus sylvestris L. and Alien Pinus mugo L. on Dune Sands as determined by Ecoplates

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Institute of Forestry, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Liepų str. 1 Girionys, LT-53101 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Institute of Agriculture, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Akademija, LT-58344 Kėdainiai, Lithuania
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Institute of Forest Biology and Silviculture, Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy, Studentų str. 11, Akademija, LT-53361 Kaunas, Lithuania
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Forests 2020, 11(11), 1202; https://doi.org/10.3390/f11111202
Received: 22 October 2020 / Revised: 10 November 2020 / Accepted: 12 November 2020 / Published: 15 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Forest Ecology and Management)
The Curonian Spit (Lithuanian: Kursiu nerija) is a 98 km long, thin, curved sand-dune spit that separates the Curonian Lagoon from the Baltic Sea coast. The Curonian Spit is home to the highest moving (drifting) sand dunes in Europe. Coniferous woods are prevalent in the Kursiu Nerija National Park (80%). These woods consist mostly of native Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and alien mountain pine (Pinus mugo L.). With the planting of non-native species, there is a need for studies evaluating the effects of alien and native plant species on soil ecosystem properties. We measured soil microbial communities from nearby pairs of native and alien pine species. Forty-two sampling sites of close-growing P. sylvestris and P. mugo were selected. To measure the soil microbial activity in these sites, we used Biolog EcoPlates. We found that the functional diversity of microorganisms that use carbon sources was significantly greater in the mature pine stands. Microbial functional diversity was also greater in the soils of native pine stands. Differences between activity and functional diversity in newly established and old stands were also identified. View Full-Text
Keywords: Scots pine; mountain pine; microbial activity; substrate richness; Shannon’s diversity; Pielou evenness; Simpson reciprocal diversity; McIntosh diversity; age classes; RDA Scots pine; mountain pine; microbial activity; substrate richness; Shannon’s diversity; Pielou evenness; Simpson reciprocal diversity; McIntosh diversity; age classes; RDA
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Jurkšienė, G.; Janušauskaitė, D.; Baliuckas, V. Microbial Community Analysis of Native Pinus sylvestris L. and Alien Pinus mugo L. on Dune Sands as determined by Ecoplates. Forests 2020, 11, 1202. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11111202

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Jurkšienė G, Janušauskaitė D, Baliuckas V. Microbial Community Analysis of Native Pinus sylvestris L. and Alien Pinus mugo L. on Dune Sands as determined by Ecoplates. Forests. 2020; 11(11):1202. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11111202

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Jurkšienė, Girmantė, Dalia Janušauskaitė, and Virgilijus Baliuckas. 2020. "Microbial Community Analysis of Native Pinus sylvestris L. and Alien Pinus mugo L. on Dune Sands as determined by Ecoplates" Forests 11, no. 11: 1202. https://doi.org/10.3390/f11111202

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