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BG | Articles | Volume 17, issue 6
Biogeosciences, 17, 1451–1462, 2020
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Biogeosciences, 17, 1451–1462, 2020
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the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 23 Mar 2020

Research article | 23 Mar 2020

The pH-based ecological coherence of active canonical methanotrophs in paddy soils

Jun Zhao et al.

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We show that soil pH is a key factor in selecting distinct phylotypes of methanotrophs in paddy soils. Type II methanotrophs dominated the methane oxidation in low-pH soils, while type I methanotrophs were more active in high-pH soils. This pH-based niche differentiation of active methanotrophs appeared to be independent of nitrogen fertilization, but the inhibition of type II methanotrophic rate in low-pH soils by the fertilization might aggravate the emission of methane from paddy soils.
We show that soil pH is a key factor in selecting distinct phylotypes of methanotrophs in paddy...
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