Hamonts, K., Bissett, A., Macdonald, B. C., Barton, P. S., Manning, A. D., & Young, A. (2017). Effects of ecological restoration on soil microbial diversity in a temperate grassy woodland. Appl. Soil Ecol. 117, 117-128.

Hamonts, K., Bissett, A., Macdonald, B. C., Barton, P. S., Manning, A. D., & Young, A. (2017). Effects of ecological restoration on soil microbial diversity in a temperate grassy woodland. Appl. Soil Ecol. 117, 117-128.

Aim: 
To quantify the response of soil bacterial and fungal communities to restoration treatments, variation in microhabitat elements and vegetation in a critically endangered Australian box-gum grassy woodland ecosystem.
Type of Study: 
Observational study
Key Results: 
Bacterial and fungal communities responded to microhabitat element (open ground vs. old logs and trees), overlying vegetation and soil edaphic properties, and strong aboveground-belowground linkages were observed. Plant alpha diversity was positively correlated to soil bacterial, but not fungal, alpha diversity and plant community composition was a good predictor of both soil bacterial and fungal beta diversity. Co-occurrence network analysis identified numerous complex, non-linear associations between soil bacteria, fungi, edaphic properties and overlying plants.
Treatments: 
(i) Addition of coarse woody debris (CWD), (ii) kangaroo exclusion (reduced grazing pressure), and (iii) fire
Response: 
NA
Models: 
Type III ANOVA, PERMANOVA, one-way ANOVA, A maximal information-based nonparametric exploration (MINE) analysis
Comments: 
NA
Locations: 
Australia
Response variable : 
Bacterial and fungal diversity, soil edaphic properties
Replication: 
18
Ecosystem: 
Box-gum grassy woodland
Full Reference: 
Hamonts, K., Bissett, A., Macdonald, B. C., Barton, P. S., Manning, A. D., & Young, A. (2017). Effects of ecological restoration on soil microbial diversity in a temperate grassy woodland. Appl. Soil Ecol. 117, 117-128.