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Unraveling the impact of lanthanum on methane consuming microbial communities in rice field soils

Authors
  • Liu, Ruyan1
  • Wei, Ziting1
  • Dong, Wanying1
  • Wang, Rui1
  • Adams, Jonathan M.2
  • Yang, Lin2
  • Krause, Sascha M. B.1
  • 1 School of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University, Shanghai , (China)
  • 2 School of Geographic and Oceanographic Sciences, Nanjing University, Nanjing , (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Frontiers in Microbiology
Publisher
Frontiers Media SA
Publication Date
Jan 23, 2024
Volume
15
Identifiers
DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2024.1298154
Source
Frontiers
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Microbiology
  • Original Research
License
Green

Abstract

The discovery of the lanthanide requiring enzymes in microbes was a significant scientific discovery that opened a whole new avenue of biotechnological research of this important group of metals. However, the ecological impact of lanthanides on microbial communities utilizing methane (CH4) remains largely unexplored. In this study, a laboratory microcosm model experiment was performed using rice field soils with different pH origins (5.76, 7.2, and 8.36) and different concentrations of La3+ in the form of lanthanum chloride (LaCl3). Results clearly showed that CH4 consumption was inhibited by the addition of La3+ but that the response depended on the soil origin and pH. 16S rRNA gene sequencing revealed the genus Methylobacter, Methylosarcina, and Methylocystis as key players in CH4 consumption under La3+ addition. We suggest that the soil microbiome involved in CH4 consumption can generally tolerate addition of high concentrations of La3+, and adjustments in community composition ensured ecosystem functionality over time. As La3+ concentrations increase, the way that the soil microbiome reacts may not only differ within the same environment but also vary when comparing different environments, underscoring the need for further research into this subject.

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