Our research team on forest plant diversity and soil biological processes has made important breakthroughs in the study of the relationship between plant diversity and soil microbes. The related results are entitled Meta-analysis shows positive effects of plant diversity on microbial biomass and respiration. Published in Nature Communications (2019, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-09258-y) (IF=12.35).
This study found that plant diversity plays an important role in soil microbial biomass, composition and function in terrestrial ecosystems. Plant diversity plays an important role in maintaining the function of underground ecosystems. Soil microbes play an important role in nutrient cycling, and soil microbial biomass and respiratory decline due to loss of plant diversity will adversely affect global carbon and other nutrient cycling processes.
The research work was jointly guided by Professor Huang Zhiqun and Professor Chen Han (introduced in 2018), and was also the author of the communication. The research was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (Project Approval Number: RGPIN-2014–04181, RTI-2017–00358, STPGP428641, and STPGP506284) and the National Natural Science Foundation Outstanding Youth Program (Project Approval Number: 31625007).
In the latest release of the 2017 JCR (Journal Citation Reports), Nature Communications ranks third in the global multidisciplinary journal, second only to Nature and Science.
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