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Responses of soil microbial activity to cadmium pollution and elevated CO2
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Title

Responses of soil microbial activity to cadmium pollution and elevated CO2

Authors

Chen, YP; Liu, Q; Liu, YJ; Jia, FA; He, XH

Abstract

To address the combined effects of cadmium (Cd) and elevated CO2 on soil microbial communities, DGGE (denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis) profiles, respiration, carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) concentrations, loessial soils were exposed to four levels of Cd, i.e., 0 (Cd0), 1.5 (Cd1.5), 3.0 (Cd3.0) and 6.0 (Cd6.0) mg Cd kg−1 soil, and two levels of CO2, i.e., 360 (aCO2) and 480 (eCO2) ppm. Compared to Cd0, Cd1.5 increased fungal abundance but decreased bacterial abundance under both CO2 levels, whilst Cd3.0 and Cd6.0 decreased both fungal and bacterial abundance. Profiles of DGGE revealed alteration of soil microbial communities under eCO2. Soil respiration decreased with Cd concentrations and was greater under eCO2 than under aCO2. Soil total C and N were greater under higher Cd. These results suggest eCO2 could stimulate, while Cd pollution could restrain microbial reproduction and C decomposition with the restraint effect alleviated by eCO2.

Corresponding author

Chen Yiping

Volume

4

Issue

 

Page

4287

Pub year

March, 2014

Publication name

SCIENTIFIC REPORTS

Details

http://www.nature.com/srep/2014/140306/srep04287/full/srep04287.html

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