IMPORTANCE Our findings highlight how soil fungal and bacterial communities respond to time, season, and plant species identity. We found that succession shapes the soil bacterial community, while plant species and the type of plant species that grows in the soil drive the assembly of soil fungal communities. Future research on the effects of plants on soil microbes should take into consideration the relative roles of both time and plant growth on creating soil legacies that impact future plants growing in the soil. Understanding the temporal (in)stability of microbial communities in soils will be crucial for predicting soil microbial composition and functioning, especially as plant species compositions will shift with global climatic changes and land-use alterations. As fungal and bacterial communities respond to different environmental cues, our study also highlights that the selection of study organisms to answer specific ecological questions is not trivial and that the timing of sampling can greatly affect the conclusions made from these studies.
Time after time: Temporal variation in the effects of plant species and plant functional groups on soil bacterial and fungal communities
Hannula, E. (Maker), Kielak, A. (Maker), Steinauer, K. (Maker), Huberty, M. (Maker), Jongen, R. (Maker), De Long, J. (Maker), Heinen, R. (Maker) & Bezemer, T. M. (Maker), European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), 17 nov 2019