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Forests 2018, 9(6), 333;

Microbial Taxa and Soil Organic Carbon Accumulation Driven by Tree Roots

College of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
Key Laboratory for Forest Resources and Ecosystem Processes of Beijing, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing 100083, China
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Received: 18 April 2018 / Revised: 4 June 2018 / Accepted: 5 June 2018 / Published: 6 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Collection Forests Carbon Fluxes and Sequestration)
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Rhizosphere microbes in forests are key elements for carbon accumulation in terrestrial ecosystems. To date, little is known on the rhizomicrobial community changes occurring during soil carbon accumulation. Using high-throughput DNA sequencing, we identified the phyla composing the rhizomicrobial communities of Pinus tabuliformis Carr. and Quercus variabilis Blume forests in North China and their abundance. These results were correlated with the soil organic carbon (SOC) accumulation driven by tree roots. Rhizomicrobial community composition and abundance and SOC accumulation varied with tree species, but root presence benefited SOC accumulation significantly. Different phyla played different roles in root-driven carbon accumulation during the succession of a recovery forest ecosystem, but Proteobacteria and Basidiomycota were keystones for root-driven carbon accumulation. View Full-Text
Keywords: microbial community; carbon accumulation; tree roots; plant-oil interactions microbial community; carbon accumulation; tree roots; plant-oil interactions

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