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Front. Microbiol. | doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2019.02655

Soil Property and Plant Diversity Determine Bacterial Turnover and Network Interactions in a Typical Arid Inland River Basin, Northwest China

 Wenjuan Wang1, Jianming Wang1, Ziqi Ye1, Tianhan Zhang1,  Laiye Qu2 and  Jingwen Li1*
  • 1College of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, China
  • 2Research Center for Eco-environmental Sciences (CAS), China

Water sources from the lower reaches of the Heihe River northwest China, located in arid area impacted by environmental stress, have promoted changes to the local soil and plant conditions; however, our understanding of variations and drivers of soil bacterial communities in an arid inland river basin remains unclear. Therefore, we collected 39 soil samples from a riparian oasis zone (ROZ) to the circumjacent desert zone (CDZ) at the lower reaches of Heihe River to evaluate bacterial communities based on the 16S rRNA gene data. We found that the bacterial community composition differed between ROZ and CDZ habitats, with significantly higher relative abundance of the phyla Gemmatimonadetes and Acidobacteria in ROZ, whereas the abundance of the phyla Actinobacteria and Deinococcus-Thermus was greater in CDZ. The difference in the bacterial community was almost entirely generated by the species turnover rather than the nestedness among all samples. In addition, we found that bacterial α-diversity index showed no significant difference between ROZ and CDZ habitats. The distance-decay analysis showed that spatial distance, plant community, soil property, and plant functional trait were correlated with bacterial community variations. However, the variation partition analysis revealed that both soil properties and plant community strongly explained the difference (such as soil water content, soil silt content, and plant community structure) compared with plant functional traits in bacterial β-diversity and species turnover. Based on a co-occurrence network analysis, we found that the bacterial network of ROZ, which had more negative correlations, higher average connectivity, shorter average path length, and smaller modularity, was more complex than the network of CDZ. This suggested that the bacterial community was more stable and less vulnerable to change in the ROZ habitat than in the CDZ habitat. Overall, our findings suggest that the heterogeneity of soil properties and plant community collectively affect the structure of the soil bacterial community in an arid inland river basin. However, the influence of plant functional traits on the variation of the bacterial community depends on soil properties and plant community.

Keywords: Arid land, Inland river basin, bacterial β-diversity, bacterial network interactions, Plant community, soil property

Received: 11 Jun 2019; Accepted: 31 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Wang, Wang, Ye, Zhang, Qu and Li. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Jingwen Li, College of Forestry, Beijing Forestry University, Beijing, Beijing Municipality, China,