Existing climate change will lead to pronounced shifts in the diversity of soil prokaryotes
Gilbert, Jack A.
MetadataShow full item record
KeywordSoil bacterial diversity; Niche modeling; Climate change; Microbial biogeography; Biogeography; Diversity; Soil microbiology
Soil bacteria are key to ecosystem function and maintenance of soil fertility. Leveraging associations of current geographic distributions of bacteria with historic climate, we predict that soil bacterial diversity will increase across the majority (∼75%) of the Tibetan Plateau and northern North America if bacterial communities equilibrate with existing climatic conditions. This prediction is possible because the current distributions of soil bacteria have stronger correlations with climate from ∼50 years ago than with current climate. This lag is likely associated with the time it takes for soil properties to adjust to changes in climate. The predicted changes are location specific and differ across bacterial taxa, including some bacteria that are predicted to have reductions in their distributions. These findings illuminate the widespread potential of climate change to influence belowground diversity and the importance of considering bacterial communities when assessing climate impacts on terrestrial ecosystems.
© The Author(s), 2018. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License. The definitive version was published in mSystems 3 (2018): e00167-18, doi:10.1128/mSystems.00167-18.
Suggested Citation:mSystems 3 (2018): e00167-18
The following license files are associated with this item:
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Stige, Leif Christian; Kvile, Kristina Øie (2017-10)The Barents Sea is the continental shelf sea to the north of Scandinavia and Northwest Russia and supports some of the richest fisheries in Europe. Until recently, the northern Barents Sea was dominated by small-sized, ...
Feng, Zhixuan; Ji, Rubao; Ashjian, Carin J.; Campbell, Robert G.; Zhang, Jinlun (2017-08-24)Dramatic changes have occurred in the Arctic Ocean over the past few decades, especially in terms of sea ice loss and ocean warming. Those environmental changes may modify the planktonic ecosystem with changes from lower ...
Early ice retreat and ocean warming may induce copepod biogeographic boundary shifts in the Arctic Ocean Feng, Zhixuan; Ji, Rubao; Campbell, Robert G.; Ashjian, Carin J.; Zhang, Jinlun (John Wiley & Sons, 2016-08-20)Early ice retreat and ocean warming are changing various facets of the Arctic marine ecosystem, including the biogeographic distribution of marine organisms. Here an endemic copepod species, Calanus glacialis, was used as ...