Seminar: Markus Lange


  • Date: Dec 1, 2022
  • Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Markus Lange
  • Trumbore Department, AG Gleixner
  • Location: Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie
  • Room: Hörsaal (C0.001)
The Seasonality of Microbial Uptake of Plant Carbon
The interactions between plants and soil microorganisms are fundamental for ecosystem functioning. However, it remains unclear how seasonality of plant growth impacts plant-microbial interactions, such as by inducing shifts in the microbial community composition, their biomass, or changes in the microbial uptake of plant-derived carbon. Here, we investigate the stability of microbial biomass of different functional groups and their net assimilation of plant-derived carbon over an entire growing season. Using a C3-C4 vegetation change experiment, and taking advantage of natural abundances of 13C, we measured the plant-derived carbon in lipid biomarkers of soil microorganisms in rhizosphere and non-rhizosphere soil. We found that temporal and spatial stability was higher in bacterial than in fungal biomass, while the high temporal stability of all bacterial groups even increased in close proximity to roots. Moreover, differences in the association to plants, i.e., symbionts vs. free-living microorganisms, tend to determine the stability in the uptake of plant-derived carbon. Our results indicate, the inputs of plant-derived carbon over the growing season did not result in a shift in the microbial community composition, but instead, functional groups that are not in obligate symbiosis with plants showed a varying use of soil- and plant-derived carbon.


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