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Structure and function of the global topsoil microbiome

Overview of attention for article published in Nature, August 2018
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Structure and function of the global topsoil microbiome
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Nature, August 2018
DOI 10.1038/s41586-018-0386-6
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Mohammad Bahram, Falk Hildebrand, Sofia K. Forslund, Jennifer L. Anderson, Nadejda A. Soudzilovskaia, Peter M. Bodegom, Johan Bengtsson-Palme, Sten Anslan, Luis Pedro Coelho, Helery Harend, Jaime Huerta-Cepas, Marnix H. Medema, Mia R. Maltz, Sunil Mundra, Pål Axel Olsson, Mari Pent, Sergei Põlme, Shinichi Sunagawa, Martin Ryberg, Leho Tedersoo, Peer Bork


Soils harbour some of the most diverse microbiomes on Earth and are essential for both nutrient cycling and carbon storage. To understand soil functioning, it is necessary to model the global distribution patterns and functional gene repertoires of soil microorganisms, as well as the biotic and environmental associations between the diversity and structure of both bacterial and fungal soil communities1-4. Here we show, by leveraging metagenomics and metabarcoding of global topsoil samples (189 sites, 7,560 subsamples), that bacterial, but not fungal, genetic diversity is highest in temperate habitats and that microbial gene composition varies more strongly with environmental variables than with geographic distance. We demonstrate that fungi and bacteria show global niche differentiation that is associated with contrasting diversity responses to precipitation and soil pH. Furthermore, we provide evidence for strong bacterial-fungal antagonism, inferred from antibiotic-resistance genes, in topsoil and ocean habitats, indicating the substantial role of biotic interactions in shaping microbial communities. Our results suggest that both competition and environmental filtering affect the abundance, composition and encoded gene functions of bacterial and fungal communities, indicating that the relative contributions of these microorganisms to global nutrient cycling varies spatially.

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Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 345 22%
Researcher 272 17%
Student > Master 192 12%
Student > Bachelor 107 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 80 5%
Other 233 15%
Unknown 351 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 510 32%
Environmental Science 225 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 180 11%
Immunology and Microbiology 45 3%
Unspecified 29 2%
Other 142 9%
Unknown 449 28%
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