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dc.contributor.authorZhou, S
dc.contributor.authorXue, K
dc.contributor.authorZhang, B
dc.contributor.authorTang, L
dc.contributor.authorPang, Z
dc.contributor.authorWang, F
dc.contributor.authorChe, R
dc.contributor.authorRan, Q
dc.contributor.authorXia, A
dc.contributor.authorWang, K
dc.contributor.authorLi, L
dc.contributor.authorDong, J
dc.contributor.authorDu, J
dc.contributor.authorHu, R
dc.contributor.authoret al.
dc.description.abstractDespite the importance of microorganisms in soil nitrogen (N) cycling, studies on spatial patterns of microbial N-cycling gene abundances in temperate grasslands are still lacking, whose productivity is limited by N. Here, we investigated N functional genes in soil microorganisms from 60 sites in temperate grasslands across 1661 km in Inner Mongolia, China. Abundances of all N functional genes and 16S rDNA tended to decrease from northeast to southwest, consistent with the changing tend of precipitation but contrary to that of temperature. Non-linear saturation curves dominated patterns for abundances of most N functional genes and 16S rDNA along precipitation as they increased with the rising precipitation when <288–343 mm, but remained stable after these breaking points. Interestingly, these breaking points were clearly related to certain soil types, e.g. nifH did not change with precipitation in Chernozems and Gleysols, but increased with it in other soil types. Non-linear saturation patterns were also observed for most N functional gene and 16S rDNA abundances with temperature and soil total organic carbon. In contrast, no consistent spatial pattern for ratios of N functional genes: 16S rDNA was observed, which varied greatly by different N functional genes. Moreover, decay relationships were discovered for the abundance-based matrix of N functional genes over geographic distance. From the temperate meadows to typical steppes and to temperate desert steppes, the influence of relatively long-term environmental variables increased, but that of short-term ones decreased. Overall, we revealed non-linear patterns of N functional gene abundances along precipitation with a clear relationship with soil type, and discovered that attributions of geographic distance, plant community, historical-contingency and contemporary-disturbance to N functional gene community similarity decay were ecosystem–dependent.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental management
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPollution and contamination
dc.subject.fieldofresearchEnvironmental sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchBiological sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAgricultural, veterinary and food sciences
dc.titleSpatial patterns of microbial nitrogen-cycling gene abundances along a precipitation gradient in various temperate grasslands at a regional scale
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationZhou, S; Xue, K; Zhang, B; Tang, L; Pang, Z; Wang, F; Che, R; Ran, Q; Xia, A; Wang, K; Li, L; Dong, J; Du, J; Hu, R; et al., Spatial patterns of microbial nitrogen-cycling gene abundances along a precipitation gradient in various temperate grasslands at a regional scale, Geoderma, 2021, 404, pp. 115236
gro.description.notepublicThis publication has been entered in Griffith Research Online as an advanced online version.
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gro.griffith.authorTang, Li
gro.griffith.authorWang, Fang
gro.griffith.authorLI, Linfeng

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