Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 3

Diversity and Composition of Methanotrophs in Chinese Paddy Soil as Affected by Different Long?term Fertilizer Managements

Haiming Tang*, Xiaoping Xiao, Ke Wang, Lijun Guo, Jie Liu, Weiyan Li and Jimin Sun

Hunan Soil and Fertilizer Institute, Changsha, 410125, China.

Received on 26 May 2015 and accepted on 12 August 2015



Methane–oxidizing bacteria (methanotrophs) biologically consume and consequently affect the concentration of atmospheric methane (CH4), the second most prominent greenhouse gas, and therefore play critical roles in the mitigation of global warming effect. Long–term fertilization often affects the methanotrophs community and CH4 oxidation in various soils. The objective of this study was to characterize for a Chinese paddy soil the changes in CH4 emissions and the diversity and composition of methanotrophs, that resulted from mineral fertilizer, crop residue, and manure applications. In this long-term ( 28 years) field study, use was made of static chambers and gas chromatography, and Illumina high-throughput sequencing of the 165rRNA gene, to analyse the CH4 emissions from a paddy field soil, and the soil methanotroph abundance and community diversity under five fertilizer treatments. These treatments were: mineral fertilizer alone (MF), rice residue plus mineral fertilizer (RF), low manure rate plus mineral fertilizer (LOM), and high manure rate plus mineral fertilizer (HOM), compared to without fertilizer input (CK). The results indicated that CH4 from fertilization treatments displayed different emission patterns during the barley growing season. The HOM plot had the highest CH4 emissions (5.074 g m-2) and global warming potentials (GWPs) (1614.77 kg CO2–eq ha-1), during the barley growing season. It was clear that some methanotrophs species (Methylosinus, Methylomicrobium, Methylomonas and Methylosarcina) were identified in the main growth stages of barley. Long–term fertilization managements can both affect the abundance and the composition of the soil methanotrophs. Methanotroph abundance was inhibited by the MF treatment, but enhanced by the RF, LOM and HOM treatments. The mineral fertilizers, crop residues, and manure could be important factors controlling the abundance and community composition of the methanotrophs in the paddy soil. We concluded that the application of organic (chicken manure), and the crop residues enhance the abundance and community composition of methanotrophs in double–cropping paddy fields in southern China through a long–term fertilizer experiment.

Keywords : CH4; Long?term fertilization; Methanotrophs diversity; Methanotrophs composition; Paddy field.