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:
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.
(i) Addition of coarse woody debris (CWD), (ii) kangaroo exclusion (reduced grazing pressure), and (iii) fire
Type III ANOVA, PERMANOVA, one-way ANOVA, A maximal information-based nonparametric exploration (MINE) analysis
Response variable :
Bacterial and fungal diversity, soil edaphic properties
Box-gum grassy woodland
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.