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Volume 71, Issue 12


Dynamic change of the rhizosphere microbial community in response to growth stages of consecutively monocultured Rehmanniae glutinosa

Qingxiang Yang
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  • College of Life Sciences, Henan Normal University, Xinxiang 453007, China
  • Key Laboratory for Microorganisms and Functional Molecules (Henan Normal University), University of Henan Province, Xinxiang 453007, China
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Published Online: 2017-01-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biolog-2016-0161


Rehmanniae glutinosa, an important medical plant in China, has distinct regional characteristics. It has long suffered from consecutive monoculture obstacles, resulting in severe reduction of quality and yield. The microbial community is believed to play an important role in the monoculture process. However, there are no reports on how microbial compositions change in response to growth of R. glutinosa. In this study, quantitative real-time PCR and metagenomic high throughput sequencing methods were applied for the first time to elucidate the rhizosphere microbial community variation during growth and consecutive monoculture of R. glutinosa. The results indicated that with the first- and second-year cultivated process, the bacterial and fungal populations varied dramatically in rhizosphere soil, and the microbial balance was severely altered. Some probiotic bacteria (e.g., Actinomycetes), obviously decreased in abundance with consecutive monoculture and the abundances of some pathogenic fungi (e.g., Alternaria) were obviously higher in the second-year cultivation than that in the first-year cultivation. In addition, we also found that microbial imbalance was tightly coupled with decreased soil pH and reductions in a series of soil enzyme activities. All these changes could be responsible for consecutive monoculture obstacles of R. glutinosa.

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Key words: Rehmanniae glutinosa; consecutive monoculture obstacles; microbial community; high throughput sequencing; quantitative real-time PCR

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Received: 2016-04-27

Accepted: 2016-09-30

Published Online: 2017-01-12

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 71, Issue 12, Pages 1320–1329, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/biolog-2016-0161.

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