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J Environ Biol
Vol.32, No.5, 2011; Pages:567 - 72

Influence of invasive plant Coreopsis grandiflora on functional diversity of soil microbial communities

Hua C, Jian L, Yongli Z, Qiang W, Xiuli G, Yinghua W, Renqing W

Institute of Environment Research, Shandong University, Jinan - 250 100, P.R. China.

Abstract

Biological invasions are increasingly attracting the ecologists' attention. Invasive plants threaten the natural ecosystems not only by competing with the native plants, but also by altering the structure and function of soil microbial communities belowground. In this study, we studied the effects of the invasive plant Coreopsis grandiflora (C. grandiflora) on the functional diversity of soil microbial communities in Laoshan mountain in the province of Shandong, North of China. We sampled soil from plots that were invaded or not invaded by C. grandiflora. The functional diversity of microbial communities in the sampled soils was assessed by the Biolog procedure test. By the ANOVA analysis of average well color development (AWCD), Shannon index (H'), Shannon evenness (E), principle components analysis of the level physiological profiles (CLPP) and correlation analysis between the studied parameters, we found that the invasive species C. grandiflora enhanced the functional diversity of soil microbial communities where the habitat was invaded by the C. grandiflora. The study indicated thatthe successful invasive plants have profound effects on the function of soil microbial communities.

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