Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
SOIL, 8, 149–161, 2022
SOIL, 8, 149–161, 2022
Original research article
02 Mar 2022
Original research article | 02 Mar 2022

Network complexity of rubber plantations is lower than tropical forests for soil bacteria but not for fungi

Guoyu Lan et al.

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Forest conversion alters both bacterial and fungal soil networks: it reduces bacterial network complexity and enhances fungal network complexity. This is because forest conversion changes the soil pH and other soil properties, which alters the bacterial composition and subsequent network structure. Our study demonstrates the impact of forest conversion on soil network structure, which has important implications for ecosystem functions and the health of soil ecosystems in tropical regions.