Protist communities are more sensitive to nitrogen fertilization than other microorganisms in diverse agricultural soils

Zhi-Bo Zhao, Ji-Zheng He, Stefan Geisen (Corresponding author), Li-Li Han, Jun-Tao Wang, Ju-Pei Shen, Wen-Xue Wei, Yun-Ting Fang, Pei-Pei Li, Li-Mei Zhang (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Agricultural food production is at the base of food and fodder, with fertilization having fundamentally and continuously increased crop yield over the last decades. The performance of crops is intimately tied to their microbiome as they together form holobionts. The importance of the microbiome for plant performance is, however, notoriously ignored in agricultural systems as fertilization disconnects the dependency of plants for often plant-beneficial microbial processes. Moreover, we lack a holistic understanding of how fertilization regimes affect the soil microbiome. Here, we examined the effect of a 2-year fertilization regime (no nitrogen fertilization control, nitrogen fertilization, and nitrogen fertilization plus straw amendment) on entire soil microbiomes (bacteria, fungi, and protist) in three common agricultural soil types cropped with maize in two seasons.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMicrobiome
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Zhao, Z-B., He, J-Z., Geisen, S., Han, L-L., Wang, J-T., Shen, J-P., Wei, W-X., Fang, Y-T., Li, P-P., & Zhang, L-M. (2019). Protist communities are more sensitive to nitrogen fertilization than other microorganisms in diverse agricultural soils. Microbiome, 7(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s40168-019-0647-0