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Microbial community from species rich meadow supports plant specialists during meadow restoration

Citation

M. Ardestani, Masoud et al. (2022), Microbial community from species rich meadow supports plant specialists during meadow restoration, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.r4xgxd2fg

Abstract

Soil properties and soil microbial communities can greatly affect plant communities, especially in disturbed ecosystems. However, their relative contribution to the final effect on plants has rarely been assessed.

We manipulated the soil microbial community in microcosms by inoculating sterilized soils originating from preserved species-rich meadow and a restored meadow with a high and low diversity of microbial inoculum (manipulated by dilution of microbial community extract) from those soils in full factorial manner, yielding eight treatments (2 soil origins × 2 inoculum sources × 2 levels of inoculum diversity).

In general, the biomass of plant meadow specialists (Filipendula vulgaris, Phleum phleoides, and Prunella grandiflora) was greater with the preserved meadow inoculum than with the restored meadow inoculum but tended to be greater in the restored meadow soil than in the preserved meadow soil. Two meadow generalists (Festuca rubra, and Centaurea jacea) were not significantly affected by soil origin, inoculum source, or inoculum diversity, but third generalist Plantago media produced greater biomass in the preserved meadow soil than in the restored meadow soil.

Total aboveground biomass was not affected by the treatments, but total belowground biomass was greater with microbial inoculum from the preserved meadow than from the restored meadow, and this increase was greater in the restored meadow soil than in the preserved meadow soil.

Our results indicate strong responses of the preserved meadow specialists to the soil microbial community, which may explain why they are rare in the meadows that were restored following agricultural use.

Methods

We conducted an experiment and collected the data. We processed it by using Excel and statitical analysis programs.

Usage Notes

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Funding

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, Award: LM2015075

Charles University, Award: 204069

Czech Science Foundation, Award: 20-08900S

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, Award: EF16_013/0001782

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, Award: 8120001-EIG CONCERT JAPAN

Charles University, Award: 270022