Contrasting soil microbial community functional structures in two major landscapes of the Tibetan alpine meadow
Houjuan Chu, Shiping Wang, Haowei Yue, Qiaoyan Lin, Yigang Hu, Xiangzhen Li, Jizhong Zhou and Yunfeng Yang
Article first published online: 7 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/mbo3.190
The grassland and shrubland are two major landscapes of the Tibetan alpine meadow, a region very sensitive to the impact of global warming and anthropogenic perturbation. Herein, we report a study showing that a majority of differences in soil microbial community functional structures, measured by a functional gene array named GeoChip 4.0, in two adjacent shrubland and grassland areas, were explainable by environmental properties. Our results provide mechanistic knowledge about microbial linkages to soil carbon and nitrogen storage and potential consequences of vegetation shifts in the Tibetan alpine meadow.