Chin J Plan Ecolo ›› 2018, Vol. 42 ›› Issue (8): 863-872.DOI: 10.17521/cjpe.2018.0078

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Effects of transportation direction of photosynthate on soil microbial processes in the rhizosphere of Phyllostachys bissetii

ZOU Zan1,CHEN Jin-Song2,LI Yang1,SONG Hui-Xing1,*()   

  1. 1 College of Landscape Architecture, Sichuan Agricultural University, Chengdu 611130, China
    2 College of Life Science, Sichuan Normal University, Chengdu 610101, China
  • Received:2018-04-09 Online:2018-08-20 Published:2018-12-07
  • Contact: Hui-Xing SONG ORCID:0000-0003-3045-5164
  • Supported by:
    Supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China(31470636)

Abstract:

Aims Clonal integration contributes greatly to the adaption of clonal plants to heterogeneous habitats. However, effects of transportation direction of photosynthate on microbial processes need to be further investigated in the rhizosphere. The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of directional differences in photosynthate transport on microbial processes in the rhizosphere of clonal plant Phyllostachys bissetii.
Methods By removing the aboveground parts of the ramets, acropetal treatment and basipetal treatment were applied in this study to control the transportation direction of photosynthate. In acropetal treatment, aboveground parts of distal ramets were cut off (with 20 cm above ground kept), and proximal ramets were left intact. While in basipetal treatment, aboveground parts of proximal ramets were cut off (with 20 cm above ground kept), and distal ramets were left intact. Rhizomes between the two ramets were either connected or severed. Carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) availabilities, and enzyme activities in the rhizosphere soils were measured.
Important findings In acropetal treatment, total organic carbon (TOC), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) and soil inorganic nitrogen (NH4 +-N and NO3 --N) content in the rhizosphere soil of distal ramets with connected rhizomes were significantly higher than those with severed rhizome. The activities of urease, polyphenol oxidase (POXase), N-acetyl-β-D-Glucosaminidase (NAGase) were significantly enhanced. Further, clonal integration had a significant effect on C and N availability, and microbial processes in the rhizosphere soil of neighbouring ramets. In basipetal treatment, clonal integration did not show a significant effect on C availability in the rhizosphere soil of proximal ramets, but microbial processes along with soil enzyme activities were altered accordingly. Effects of transportation direction of photosynthate on microbial processes in the rhizosphere of P. bissetii provides insights into the adaptation mechanisms of clonal plant populations.

Key words: transportation direction of photosynthate, rhizosphere soil, microbial process, soil enzymes activities