data from: Earthworm-invaded boreal forest soils harbour distinct microbial communities

  • Justine Lejoly (Creator)
  • Sylvie Quideau (Creator)
  • Jérôme Laganière (Creator)
  • Justine Karst (Creator)
  • Christine Martineau (Creator)
  • Mathew Swallow (Creator)
  • Charlotte Norris (Creator)
  • Abdul Samad (Creator)
  • Wanderlei Bieluczyk (Creator)
  • Luis Merloti (Creator)
  • Maurício Roberto Cherubin (Creator)
  • L.W. Mendes (Creator)
  • José Albertino Bendassolli (Creator)
  • Ricardo Ribeiro Rodrigues (Creator)
  • Plínio Barbosa de Camargo (Creator)
  • Wim H. van der Putten (Creator)
  • Siu Mui Tsai (Creator)

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<p>Earthworm invasion in North American forests has the potential to greatly impact soil microbial communities by altering soil physicochemical properties, including structure, pH, nutrient availability, and soil organic matter (SOM) dynamics. While most research on the topic has been carried out in northern temperate forests, little is known about the impact of invasive earthworms on soil microbial communities in hemiboreal and boreal forests, characterized by a slower decay of organic matter (OM). Earthworm activities can increase OM mineralization, altering nutrient cycling and biological activity in a biome where low carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) availability typically limits microbial and plant growth. Here, we characterized and compared microbial communities of earthworm-invaded and non-invaded soils in previously described sites across three major soil types found in the Canadian (hemi)boreal forest using a space-for-time approach. Microbial communities of forest floors and surface mineral soils were characterized using phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) analysis and metabarcoding of the 16S rRNA gene for bacteria and archaea and of the internal-transcriber-spacer-2 (ITS2) region for fungi. In forest floors, the effects of earthworm invasion were minor. In mineral soil horizons, earthworm invasion was associated with higher fungal biomass and greater relative abundance of ectomycorrhizal fungi. Oligotrophic bacteria (Acidobacteriota and Chloroflexi) were less abundant in invaded mineral soils, where Gram(+):Gram(-) ratios were also lower, while the opposite was observed for the copiotrophic Bacteroidota. Additionally, earthworm-invaded mineral soils harboured higher fungal and bacterial species diversity and richness. Considering the important role of soil microbial communities for ecosystem functioning, such earthworm-induced shifts in their community composition are likely to impact nutrient cycling, as well as vegetation development and forest productivity at a large scale, as the invasion progresses in these (hemi)boreal systems.</p>
Date made available01 Jun 2022
PublisherNCBI

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