Structure and function of soil microbial community in artificially planted Sonneratia apetala and S. caseolaris forests at different stand ages in Shenzhen Bay, China

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Author(s)

  • Q. Yang
  • A. P. Lei
  • F. L. Li
  • L. N. Liu
  • Q. J. Zan
  • P. K S Shin
  • N. F Y Tam

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)754-763
Journal / PublicationMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume85
Issue number2
Online published12 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2014

Abstract

The present study examined the relationships between soil characteristics, microbial community structure and function in the forests artificially planted with exotic Sonneratia apetala at stand ages of 1-, 2-, 7-, 10- and 14-years and Sonneratia caseolaris of 1-, 4-, 7-, 10- and 14-years in Futian National Nature Reserve, Shenzhen Bay, China. The 7-years old forests of both Sonneratia species reached peak growth and had the highest content of nitrogen and phosphorus, enzymatic activities, including dehydrogenase, cellulase, phosphatase, urease and ß-glucosidase, except arylsulphatase which increased continuously with stand ages. The microbial community structure reflected by phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) profiles also reached the maximum value in the 7-years old forests and soil bacterial PLFAs in both forests were significantly higher than fungal PLFAs. The canonical correlation analysis revealed that differences in microbial structural variables were significantly correlated to the differences in their functional variables, and the highest correlation was found between the soil enzymatic activities and the content of carbon and nitrogen. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Research Area(s)

  • Enzyme, Phospholipid fatty acid, Soil microbial community, Sonneratia apetala, Sonneratia caseolaris

Citation Format(s)

Structure and function of soil microbial community in artificially planted Sonneratia apetala and S. caseolaris forests at different stand ages in Shenzhen Bay, China. / Yang, Q.; Lei, A. P.; Li, F. L.; Liu, L. N.; Zan, Q. J.; Shin, P. K S; Cheung, S. G.; Tam, N. F Y.

In: Marine Pollution Bulletin, Vol. 85, No. 2, 30.08.2014, p. 754-763.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review