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ISME J. 2019 Apr;13(4):1114-1118. doi: 10.1038/s41396-018-0335-2. Epub 2019 Jan 3.

Ant colonies promote the diversity of soil microbial communities.

Author information

1
Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 80309, USA. M.DelgadoBaquerizo@gmail.com.
2
Departamento de Biología y Geología, Física y Química Inorgánica, Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnología, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Calle Tulipán Sin Número, Móstoles, 28933, Spain. M.DelgadoBaquerizo@gmail.com.
3
Centre for Ecosystem Studies, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, 2052, Australia.
4
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, University of Western Sydney, Penrith, NSW, 2751, Australia.
5
Global Centre for Land Based Innovation, University of Western Sydney, Building L9, Locked Bag 1797, Penrith South, NSW, 2751, Australia.

Abstract

Little is known about the role of ant colonies in regulating the distribution and diversity of soil microbial communities across large spatial scales. Here, we conducted a survey across >1000 km in eastern Australia and found that, compared with surrounding bare soils, ant colonies promoted the richness (number of phylotypes) and relative abundance of rare taxa of fungi and bacteria. Ant nests were also an important reservoir for plant pathogens. Our study also provides a portfolio of microbial phylotypes only found in ant nests, and which are associated with high nutrient availability. Together, our work highlights the fact that ant nests are an important refugia for microbial diversity.

PMID:
30607027
PMCID:
PMC6461995
[Available on 2020-04-01]
DOI:
10.1038/s41396-018-0335-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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