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Tree diversity and functional leaf traits drive herbivore-associated microbiomes in subtropical China
Li, Yi; Chesters, Douglas; Wang, Ming-Qiang; Wubet, Tesfaye2; Schuldt, Andreas3; Anttonen, Perttu4,5; Guo, Peng-Fei; Chen, Jing-Ting; Zhou, Qing-Song; Zhang, Nai-Li; Ma, Ke-Ping; Bruelheide, Helge4,5; Wu, Chun-Sheng; Zhu, Chao-Dong
AbstractHerbivorous insects acquire microorganisms from host plants or soil, but it remains unclear how the diversity and functional composition of host plants contribute to structuring herbivore microbiomes. Within a controlled tree diversity setting, we used DNA metabarcoding of 16S rRNA to assess the contribution of Lepidoptera species and their local environment (particularly, tree diversity, host tree species, and leaf traits) to the composition of associated bacterial communities. In total, we obtained 7,909 bacterial OTUs from 634 caterpillar individuals comprising 146 species. Tree diversity was found to drive the diversity of caterpillar-associated bacteria both directly and indirectly via effects on caterpillar communities, and tree diversity was a stronger predictor of bacterial diversity than diversity of caterpillars. Leaf toughness and dry matter content were important traits of the host plant determining bacterial species composition, while leaf calcium and potassium concentration influenced bacterial richness. Our study reveals previously unknown linkages between trees and their characteristics, herbivore insects, and their associated microbes, which contributes to developing a more nuanced understanding of functional dependencies between herbivores and their environment, and has implications for the consequences of plant diversity loss for trophic interactions.
Keyword16S rRNA Bacteria BEF‐ China herbivore‐ associated microbiome leaf characteristics Lepidoptera Microbial ecology
Subject AreaEcology ; Evolutionary Biology
Indexed BySCI
WOS Research AreaScience Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
WOS IDWOS:000635346600001
Publication PlaceHOBOKEN
Funding OrganizationExternal Cooperation Program of BIC, Chinese Academy of Sciences [15211 1KYSB20160001] ; Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences [XDB310304] ; National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars [31625024]
Corresponding Author Emailwucs@ioz.ac.cn ; zhucd@ioz.ac.cn
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Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Zool, Key Lab Zool Systemat & Evolut, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Coll Biol Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Helmholtz Ctr Environm Res, Dept Community Ecol, Halle, Germany
4.Georg August Univ Gottingen, Forest Nat Conservat, Gottingen, Germany
5.Martin Luther Univ Halle Wittenberg, Inst Biol Geobot & Bot Garden, Halle, Germany
6.German Ctr Integrat Biodivers Res iDiv, Leipzig, Germany
7.Yunnan Agr Univ, Coll Plant Protect, Kunming, Yunnan, Peoples R China
8.Beijing Forestry Univ, State Forestry & Grassland Adm, Res Ctr Forest Management Engn, Beijing, Peoples R China
9.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Zool, State Key Lab Integrated Pest Management, Beijing, Peoples R China
10.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Bot, State Key Lab Vegetat & Environm Change, Beijing, Peoples R China
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Li, Yi,Chesters, Douglas,Wang, Ming-Qiang,et al. Tree diversity and functional leaf traits drive herbivore-associated microbiomes in subtropical China[J]. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION,2021,11(11):6153-6166.
APA Li, Yi.,Chesters, Douglas.,Wang, Ming-Qiang.,Wubet, Tesfaye.,Schuldt, Andreas.,...&Zhu, Chao-Dong.(2021).Tree diversity and functional leaf traits drive herbivore-associated microbiomes in subtropical China.ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION,11(11),6153-6166.
MLA Li, Yi,et al."Tree diversity and functional leaf traits drive herbivore-associated microbiomes in subtropical China".ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION 11.11(2021):6153-6166.
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