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Bioresource Technology
Volume 270, 2018, Pages: 278-285

Key environmental factors to variation of ammonia-oxidizing archaea community and potential ammonia oxidation rate during agricultural waste composting

Liheng Ren, Changqing Cai, Jiachao Zhang, Yuan Yang, Genyi Wu, Lin Luo, Hongli Huang, Yaoyu Zhou, Pufeng Qin, Man Yu

College of Resources and Environment, Hunan Agricultural University, Changsha 410128, China.


In this research, the abundance and structure of AOA amoA gene during agricultural waste composting were determined by quantitative PCR and sequencing techniques, respectively. Pairwise correlations between potential ammonia oxidation (PAO) rate, physicochemical parameters and the AOA abundance were evaluated using Pearson correlation coefficient. Relationships between these parameters, PAO rates and AOA community structure were evaluated by redundancy analysis. Results showed that 22 AOA gene OTUs were divided into the soil/sediment lineage by phylogenetic analyses. Significant positive correlations were obtained between AOA amoA gene abundance and moisture, ammonium, water soluble carbon (WSC) and organic matter (OM), respectively. Redundancy analysis showed OM, pH and nitrate significantly explained the AOA amoA gene structure. Pearson correlation revealed the PAO rate correlated positively to ammonium, AOA amoA gene abundance. These results indicated that AOA communities sense the fluctuations in surrounding environment, and ultimately react and influence the nitrogen transformation during agricultural waste composting.

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Keywords: Agricultural waste, Composting, Ammonia-oxidizing archaea, Potential ammonia oxidation rate, Shaping factors.

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