Seasonal changes in nitrogen-cycle gene abundances and in bacterial communities in acidic forest soils

Jaejoon Jung, Jinki Yeom, Jiwon Han, Jisun Kim, Woojun Park

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The abundance of genes related to the nitrogen biogeochemical cycle and the microbial community in forest soils (bacteria, archaea, fungi) were quantitatively analyzed via real-time PCR using 11 sets of specific primers amplifying nifH, bacterial amoA, archaeal amoA, narG, nirS, nirK, norB, nosZ, bacterial 16S rRNA gene, archaeal 16S rRNA gene, and the ITS sequence of fungi. Soils were sampled from Bukhan Mountain from September of 2010 to July of 2011 (7 times). Bacteria were the predominant microbial community in all samples. However, the abundance of archaeal amoA was greater than bacterial amoA throughout the year. The abundances of nifH, nirS, nirK, and norB genes changed in a similar pattern, while narG and nosZ appeared in sensitive to the environmental changes. Clone libraries of bacterial 16S rRNA genes were constructed from summer and winter soil samples and these revealed that Acidobacteria was the most predominant phylum in acidic forest soil environments in both samples. Although a specific correlation of environmental factor and gene abundance was not verified by principle component analysis, our data suggested that the combination of biological, physical, and chemical characteristics of forest soils created distinct conditions favoring the nitrogen biogeochemical cycle and that bacterial communities in undisturbed acidic forest soils were quite stable during seasonal change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-373
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Microbiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun


  • ammonia-oxidizing archaea
  • ammonia-oxidizing bacteria
  • climate change
  • denitrification
  • nitrification
  • nitrous oxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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