Articles | Volume 20, issue 24
Research article
14 Dec 2023
Research article |  | 14 Dec 2023

Characteristics of bacterial and fungal communities and their associations with sugar compounds in atmospheric aerosols at a rural site in northern China

Mutong Niu, Shu Huang, Wei Hu, Yajie Wang, Wanyun Xu, Wan Wei, Qiang Zhang, Zihan Wang, Donghuan Zhang, Rui Jin, Libin Wu, Junjun Deng, Fangxia Shen, and Pingqing Fu


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2023-93', Anonymous Referee #1, 08 Aug 2023
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Wei Hu, 30 Aug 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2023-93', Anonymous Referee #2, 13 Aug 2023
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Wei Hu, 30 Aug 2023
  • RC3: 'Comment on bg-2023-93', Anonymous Referee #3, 17 Aug 2023
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC3', Wei Hu, 30 Aug 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (02 Sep 2023) by Luo Yu
AR by Wei HU on behalf of the Authors (04 Sep 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (09 Oct 2023) by Luo Yu
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Oct 2023)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (10 Oct 2023)
ED: Publish as is (17 Oct 2023) by Luo Yu
AR by Wei HU on behalf of the Authors (17 Oct 2023)  Manuscript 

Post-review adjustments

AA: Author's adjustment | EA: Editor approval
AA by Wei HU on behalf of the Authors (01 Dec 2023)   Author's adjustment   Manuscript
EA: Adjustments approved (08 Dec 2023) by Luo Yu
Short summary
Sugar compounds in air can trace the source of bioaerosols that affect public health and climate. In rural north China, we observed increased fungal activity at night and less variable bacterial community diversity. Certain night-increasing sugar compounds were more closely related to fungi than bacteria. The fungal community greatly influenced sugar compounds, while bacteria played a limited role. Caution is advised when using sugar compounds to trace airborne microbes, particularly bacteria.
Final-revised paper